urinary incontinence

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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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).

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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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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urinary incontinence in men

The embarrassing and inconvenient problem of urinary incontinence in men, which affects 3.4 million Americans, is not a normal part of aging. Health care practitioners need to be prepared to talk with male patients about this treatable condition.

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stress urinary incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition causing individuals to leak urine involuntarily when they do ordinary daily activities like coughing, standing up, lifting, sneezing, or exercising. Any motion that increases pressure on the bladder can cause involuntary urine loss, especially if the bladder is full. However, unlike urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence occurs without having an urge to urinate, or having an overly full feeling.

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urge incontinence

Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, is the involuntary contraction of bladder wall muscles, causing a sudden and unstoppable need to urinate. Not a normal part of aging, urge incontinence is nonetheless more common in older people, particularly women. Urge incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of medical or lifestyle issues.

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overactive bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB), also known as overactive bladder syndrome, is a condition where there is a frequent urge to urinate to a degree that negatively affects a person’s life. Overactive bladder occurs because the muscles of the bladder start to contract involuntarily even when the volume of urine in your bladder is low. This involuntary contraction creates the urgent need to urinate.

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