Incontinence, or the involuntary loss of control of once’s bladder, can be a very embarrassing situation. While it is commonly attributed to older people and pregnant women, there really is not an age group or gender that is immune from incontinence. Men in particular have strange and often false beliefs about their health and incontinence, so here are five common myths about male incontinence.
It’s rare in men
For some reason, men find incontinence to be unmanly, so they lie to themselves by saying that men rarely become incontinent. According to the National Association for Continence, 20 to 25 percent of Americans with incontinence are men. Men tend to suffer from incontinence due to prostate problems, but not all the time.
Only older men get it
Incontinence is often associated with older people, but age is not a major factor when it comes to who is affected by it. The NAFC conducted a survey and found that one-third of men between the ages of 30 and 70 have had some sort of episode of incontinence.
Most men who have prostate surgery are left to be incontinent
Prostate surgery can often cause incontinence in about 10 percent of men who receive it up to six months after surgery. However, this tends to be temporary and does not last for the rest of the man’s life. Post-surgery incontinence tends to be more common in men who experienced incontinence before the surgery.
Men don’t need to do Kegel exercises
Kegel exercises are muscle strengthening exercises of the muscle of the pelvic floor. This muscle is used to control the ability to start and stop urine flow. Most of the time they are recommended to women after giving birth, but men can do them as well to prevent incontinence. The exercises are easy to do and can be done literally anywhere. The strength of the pelvic muscles prior to doing the exercises can affect how much you can do at first, but with dedication and regularity, men can strengthen the muscle.
There is nothing I can do to fix incontinence
Many men just consider incontinence a part of life and that there is nothing to do to fix it. However, along with Kegels, there are certain medications that can help. Surgery is an option, but it should be the very last resort when dealing with incontinence.
Male incontinence can be an embarrassing problem, but it not a life sentence. There are ways to treat it that are not invasive and easily done. Men can deal with their incontinence without thinking it makes them less manly or old.