Adult Male Incontinence is Treatable


Adult male incontinence and male frequent urination can be as embarrassing and annoying. While it is important for men suffering from incontinence to have a thorough medical evaluation, it is also important to realize that the majority of adult male incontinence cases can be successfully treated without surgery or medication. This is a hopeful statistic.

 Risk factors for incontinence include:

 * Obesity

* Smoking

* Have bladder infections

* Aged 60 years or older

* Have an enlarged prostate or a family history of prostate trouble

* Have had pelvic surgery or injury

* Have had a disease or surgery that might cause nerve or muscle damage

* Have had a stroke

 

Just as for women, incontinence in men can benefit from regular kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Strong pelvic floor muscles are essential for controlling the flow of urine or feces. Kegel exercises can often be performed without assistance but just as in body building, the use of a kegel exercise device such as the PFXa Anal Pelvic Floor Exerciser can be helpful in giving accurate feedback on the effectiveness of the kegel exercises.

 

As in weight training, an accurate record of progress can be kept when using a kegel exercise device so progress in strengthening the muscles even can be noted even before symptoms are improve. This early reinforcement is helpful to support motivation and improves compliance with the exercise regime.

 

There are a wide variety of incontinence products to help in strengthening the pelvic floor musculature but if nerve damage is a factor (e.g., after surgery) it is best to use a device that measures the nerve activity of the pelvic floor muscles. The U-Control sEMG is a muscle monitor that when used with an anal probe can show the activity of the nerves enervating the anal sphincter. Because the nerve enervation to the muscle can be monitored with the U-Control, nerve activity to the muscle can be demonstrated. The nerve activity to the muscle can be increased over time and this increase can be shown by the U-Control even before any musculature contraction can be observed. This can be a great help in ongoing therapy since progress can be demonstrated early in treatment.