It’s the reason you avoid playing golf with your buddies, avoid lifting heavy objects in front of family, and spend time in places where the nearest bathroom is less than 100 feet away. Even though upwards of 15% of men experience urinary incontinence, it’s not often talked about, and many men suffer in silence. But you don’t need to suffer alone anymore. Keep reading to discover what causes this condition and what you can do to treat it.
What Causes Male Urinary Incontinence?
As a refresher, male urinary incontinence (MUI) is the unintentional loss of urine due to a number of causes including an enlarged prostate or prostate removal, nerve damage, or a weak bladder. MUI is more common as men get older simply because most men’s prostates grow with age and the muscles that control the bladder become weaker over time. The good news is you don’t have to accept MUI as a normal part of aging because there are many things that you can do to treat your condition.
How to Alleviate the Symptoms of MUI
Before you can treat the root cause of MUI, it can be helpful to deal with the symptoms that make socializing, sleeping and living your day-to-day life difficult.
- Wear the Correct Underwear: There are a range of undergarments available, including adult pull ups and briefs, that are specifically designed to be disposable or extra absorbent. These garments are the perfect option for men dealing with light to moderate UI.
- Sleep Easy with Chux: Use a disposable bed pad (called chux) to absorb and draw moisture away from the skin as you sleep.
- Cut Out the Alcohol & Coffee: Both of these beverages act as a diuretic, making it more difficult to control urination.
How to Treat the Root Cause of MUI
- Supplement to Shrink Your Prostate: Saw palmetto and pumpkin seeds have both been used to reduce the size of benign prostate growth. Conversely, if your prostate has enlarged due to cancerous activity, consider supplementing with stinging nettle and foods high in phytoestrogens like organic soy, which block the activity of excess testosterone.
- Work Your Muscles: Some men experience MUI because their bladder muscles have become weak. Try doing kegel exercises, which involves squeezing and holding the muscles you normally use to urinate. Over time and with repetition, your bladder muscles will become stronger and you’ll be better able to control urination.
- Lose Weight: An extra spare tire can put too much pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles. Adopting a more active lifestyle and eating a diet low in processed foods and refined sugar can help you lose the extra pounds.
Overall, the great news is that by using these six actionable tips, you can reduce your symptoms of male urinary incontinence while treating the root cause — so you can get back to perfecting your backswing in no time!