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What You Can Do for Male Frequent Urination

For your urinary system to work properly there are particular muscles and nerves that must work in tandem to make sure the bladder holds the urine until you want to release it. There are some diseases and injuries that can lead to male urinary incontinence but in many cases it is weak pelvic floor muscles that lead to incontinence in men. The good news is that there is something you can do about it.

It is always a smart idea to check with you healthcare professional who can help diagnose why you are having trouble and rule out prostate problems, nerve damage or other organic issues. If your diagnosis is an overactive bladder or male frequent urination you may have any of the following symptoms:

Frequent urination - eight or more times a day or two or more times at night

Feeling of urinary urgency - a sudden, strong need to urinate immediately

Urge incontinence where you experience urine leakage after a sudden, strong urge to urinate

Behavioral treatments for male urinary incontinence should be the first course of action as they are easy to do, have no negative side effects and are not invasive. In addition, unlike medications, they will not impact your sexual activity level.

What are behavioral treatments? Well, you may have heard of Kegel exercises and think they are mainly for women. But they can also be helpful for male urinary incontinence as well. These exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that hold the urine in your bladder until you are ready to release it.

If you would like to try Kegel exercises on your own, just follow these simple steps:

The most important skill is to find the right muscles. Squeeze the muscles you would use to stop yourself from passing gas. If you can sense a "pulling up" feeling, that indicates you are using the right muscles for pelvic exercises.

Try to isolate these muscles without contracting others at the same time. Be sure to continue to breathe as you do these contractions. And be sure to pay close attention that you are not tightening your stomach muscles or your buttock muscles while you are practicing.

Now pull up the pelvic muscles you have discovered and hold that position for 3-5 counts. Then relax for 3-5 counts. A “set” is 10 repeats of the hold and relax process. Start with one set and work toward being able to do 3 sets of 10 repeats. The best position is lying down when you first start so you don’t have to struggle against gravity. Once you can do 3 sets lying down try them both standing and sitting.

You need to be patient while retraining your muscles. It only takes a few minutes a day and it will take several weeks to see improvement. Don’t give up, remember you can't improve without practicing. You wouldn’t expect a six pack after only a few days of sit ups right?

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you are doing the exercises correctly so using simple biofeedback devices at home can help you learn how. There is a particular biofeedback device for men which uses a sensor to detect levels of muscle activity and gives you signal when the appropriate muscles are being used. As you improve your practice it takes more and more effort to get a signal thereby letting you know your muscles are getting stronger. And stronger muscles mean better bladder control and even enhanced sexual enjoyment as well.

Articles and content contained in LifeMatters are educational in nature and not intended for and should not be interpreted as medical advice or psychotherapy.