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Male Incontinence

by the IncontinenceSource Editors

Urinary incontinence occurs in 3% to 11% of all men, with a lower prevalence in younger men and increasing percentages with progressing age culminating in higher populations at the age of 70 to 80.1 Of these men, 40% to 80% suffer from urge incontinence, as opposed to stress incontinence (10%). The severity of this incontinence can range from mild to moderate to severe.

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Continence Assessment

Continence assessment is an important part of making sure that patients get the proper treatment for their conditions. When caring for a patient with incontinence, it is important to make sure you get all of the facts from the person themselves as much as possible. If they have a caregiver or spouse involved in helping them keep track of their medical needs, it is also important to include that person in the continence assessment meeting. Here are some guidelines for health care providers, including what questions to ask.

Start a Conversation About Incontience

As many as one-quarter to one-third of adults are living with incontinence. Risk factors include: age, obesity, childbirth, and prostate enlargement. Not being able to control leaking urine is embarrassing and can even cause people to limit daily activities and prevent them from enjoying life. Here are some ways medical professionals can support patients living with incontinence.

Avoid Using Adult Diapers with Patients with Incontinence

People who suffer from incontinence are at risk of skin damage. Skin areas most affected are near the buttocks, hips, genitals, and between the pelvis and rectum (perineum). Excess moisture in these areas causes skin problems such as redness, peeling, irritation, and yeast infections. The most common condition related to incontinence and skin care is moisture-associated skin damage (MASD).

Urinary Tract Infections

Since the urinary tract is responsible for moving waste material out of the body, it is perhaps not surprising that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common of human infections. UTIs tend to be more common in women than men, with almost all females suffering from them at least once in their lifetime. In the United States, UTIs are responsible for more than ten million patient visits to health care providers or hospitals. In fact, they are second only to respiratory illnesses. Therefore, it is important for medical professionals to know the causes and treatment.

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loss of bladder control

Millions of adults have loss of bladder control which causes them to avoid participating in activities for fear of an accident. Even though they may feel too embarrassed to discuss the issue of bladder control loss, the problem may rule their lives. Whether people have urge incontinence from an overactive bladder or stress incontinence causing leakage, here are some effective management strategies which can help individuals take back control.

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continence care planning with physician

When an individual is not able to care for their urinary and bowel needs independently, creating a continence care plan can help ensure that not only are the person's needs attended to carefully and completely, but also that all caregivers can better coordinate care. Here are the five steps in creating a continence care plan.

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incontinence after surgery

Complete removal of the prostate offers men the strongest cure from prostate cancer. However, over half of men having prostate surgery experience incontinence after surgery as a side effect of having their prostate removed. The good news is that there are new techniques and surgical procedures which can minimize the problem. Furthermore, for most men, urinary incontinence after surgery lessens or completely stops in 6 to 18 months.

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bowel incontinence

A common problem, especially in older people, is bowel incontinence or leaking of fecal matter. Individuals suffering from this condition may fear embarrassment and even avoid activities. Unless specifically asked about it, many people are reluctant to talk about this issue, even with their doctor.

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urinary incontinence in women

Accidental release of urine is a very common and embarrassing problem, especially among older women. Most health care providers will encounter female patients with incontinence. Primarily because of the physical stress of pregnancy on the bladder, incontinence in women occurs 2-3 times more often than incontinence in men. In women over 40, one study suggested that over 60% experienced incontinence at least once a month. Consequently, it is important for health care providers to be aware of the risk factors to help women with incontinence find effective management strategies.

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