Men can experience loss of bladder control after certain illnesses or surgeries or simply because of ageing. Although male incontinence may have many causes, men are much more likely than women to suffer from overflow incontinence.
Men are less at risk of incontinence and bladder problems than women, but with age, many develop problems related to an enlarged prostate, called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). As the prostate gland enlarges it puts pressure on the urethra, and causes male-specific incontinence symptoms of urgency, frequency, hesitancy, and straining. This can slow down, or even stop, the passage of urine. It often leads to “the sudden need to go”. Typically, men with prostate problems have to get up at night to use the toilet but then experience difficulty starting the flow of urine, a poor flow and sometimes dribbling after finishing peeing.
Prostate surgery – If the muscles that control the passing of urine is damaged during prostate surgery, this can cause stress urinary incontinence – involuntary leaks when you laugh, cough, or do certain physical activities.
Some risk factors for male incontinence:
- Prostate enlargement
- Urinary tract infections
- Prior pelvic surgeries, such as bowel resection or prostatectomy
- Neurologic illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or stroke
- Advanced age
Many suffer needlessly, despite the substantial impact on their health, self-esteem, and quality of life. If you encounter bladder or bowel problems, do not be afraid of visiting a doctor for consultation.