What is Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a major problem amongst men who have undergone surgical procedures such as radical prostatectomy. There are many different types of urinary incontinence such as stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence and total incontinence. It is also in fact possible to have a mixture of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
Is Incontinence a Serious Issue?
It is a very serious issue for many men, this is because it is an unintentional passing of urine. However, it is a common problem thought to affect millions of people.
There are numerous ways that you can combat this however. Starting out with getting yourself to a healthy weight. Being obese can increase your risk of urinary incontinence. Therefore, you may be able to lower your risk by maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and healthy eating.
Another way you can keep incontinence in check is through your drinking habits. Depending on your particular bladder problem, your Doctor can advise you about the amount of fluids you need to be drinking. If you have urinary incontinence, cut down on alcohol and drinks containing caffeine, such as tea, coffee and cola. These can cause your kidneys to produce more urine and irritate your bladder.
The recommended weekly limits for alcohol consumption are 14 units for men and women, a unit of alcohol is roughly half a pint of normal strength lager or a single measure of spirits. If you have to urinate frequently during the night, try drinking less in the hours before you go to bed. However, make sure you still drink enough fluids during the day.
Utilise pelvic floor exercises. Radical prostatectomy can cause incontinence, you could try to do pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles. If you are still experiencing incontinence following this, contact Moorgate Andrology to see how we can help you with our AMS 800 Urinary Control System.