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Male Bladder Health


Urinary incontinence in men is a relatively common problem, although men often appear to be more reluctant than women to seek medical help and advice. Often men ignore their symptoms and suffer in silence for many years, masking a more serious underlying problem that can and should be treated. But as common as male incontinence is, the chances are that you have never met a man who admits to suffering from it. It’s not exactly a topic men are anxious to discuss after a game of squash or a drink down the local pub.

Bladder control problems are something most people are reluctant to talk about, even with their doctors. Yet having that discussion can help you find a solution to the problem and get you back out into the world again.

Incontinence is not something you have to live with no matter what the cause. The vast majority of male incontinence cases can be treated successfully. Mr Ockrim specialises in the treatment of male incontinence, offering advanced treatments not widely available, which are known to be effective. Sometimes the solution is simple and sometimes it requires complex surgery. But there’s always a solution.

A very common cause of incontinence in men is prostate cancer treatment, as surgery and radiotherapy can damage the muscles of the valve of the sphincter, which has a vital role in controlling urine flow. This type of incontinence is called stress incontinence and men with this difficulty may benefit from the male sling or the artificial urinary sphincter.

Men can also suffer from a different type of incontinence called urge incontinence and sometimes described as the overactive bladder. People with this condition have frequent urges to go to the toilet, which can become increasingly debilitating. In the majority of cases, this problem is due to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia or the enlarged prostate. The enlarged prostate obstructs the urethra, the tube which carries urine out of the body, leading to problems voiding (emptying the bladder) and the feeling that the bladder is never properly emptied.

Stress urinary incontinence

While stress urinary incontinence is more common in women, men can also suffer loss of bladder control. Stress incontinence in men commonly occurs after prostate surgery, which can sometimes cause damage to the sphincter muscle. Resulting in leakage when you laugh, cough, sneeze, jog, or lift something heavy.

Stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence, affecting approximately three million people in the UK.

Urge incontinence (Over-active Bladder)

This can also be referred to as “over-active bladder“. With urge incontinence you experience an overwhelming urge to urinate that cannot be halted resulting in the involuntary loss of urine.

In many cases, the cause of urge incontinence cannot be identified.

Urinary Retention

Anyone can experience urinary retention, but it is most common in men in their fifties and sixties because of an enlarged prostate.

Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder. You may feel you are unable to empty your bladder fully or have trouble in starting to urinate.

Although urinary retention may not seem life threatening and many men just dismiss it as an annoyance and a natural part of ageing, it can lead to serious health problems.

Getting help

If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please contact Mr Ockrim’s secretary.