Bladder control for men is a significant concern and should not be ignored. While the inability to control the bladder (incontinence) is commonly associated with the aging process, it doesn’t necessarily substantiate as a normal and regular event of aging. In fact, the occurrence of incontinence in most men is a consequence of an aberration or dysfunction in the body. A change in the organs directly involved in the process of urination may be a causative factor for incontinence.
Though not a normal incidence, problems in bladder control are usually anticipated as men age. The older one gets, the less the chances of governing his bladder functions. Incontinence is not limited to older men; in fact, it may conceive in younger men, predominantly those who have existing problems of their prostate and bladder.
The urinary bladder stores urine that originates from the kidneys. It serves as a storage area for urine as the body waits for signals to dispose it. The nerves send signals to the brain once the bladder is full and as it befits ready to expel the liquid. The bladder and the urinary sphincter muscle are elastic in nature, which normally allows you to control the release of the urine.
The urinary sphincter muscle’s location is found at the opening of the urinary bladder; it blocks the flow of urine by tightening and contracting. Bladder control in men is equally easy to achieve, provided that all parts involved in the urinary process are functional, otherwise, bladder control problems arise.
Types of ladder control problems in men:
An Overactive bladder- This is a condition wherein the bladder releases urine at incorrect intervals. These symptoms may indicate an overactive bladder: urinating more than eight times a day and an abrupt, strong and immediate need to urinate, which can’t be delayed.
Urinary incontinence (UI)- This is an unintentional passage of urine. It can happen after a strong urge to urinate. Men having a dribbling problem typically feel the need to urinate frequently and the output is usually in smaller volumes.
Specific health conditions also pave way for bladder control problems.
Problems of the prostate – An enlarge and distended prostate, which is common among elder men, may displace the urethra which could result in a weak flow; an imperative need to release urine followed by seepage of urine, and recurrent urination, especially at night. Surgical procedures or treatments such as radiation done to manage cancer of the prostate may also lead to permanent or momentary bladder control difficulties.
Nerve disorders: Nerves that are injured or impaired may ensnare signals to the urinary bladder, meaning at the wrong time or worse, transmit no signal at all; all these lead may lead to a problem in bladder control. Damages to the spinal cord or health disorders such as diabetes and cerebro-vascular accidents (stroke) may also reason nerve problems. Recalling how our bladder functions, every structure that plays a part in the process of urination requires functioning appropriately; otherwise, uncontrolled loss of bladder control could occur.