Urinary Incontinence

Men’s Bladder Health

A man’s bladder is much like a car battery, in that it’s easy to take for granted how essential it is to you on a daily basis. Even if you practice a healthy lifestyle and see your primary care physician regularly, it’s possible that you may suffer from or notice symptoms of bladder problems. In general, it’s best to see a physician or specialist as soon as symptoms are discernible instead of waiting them out – better to be safe than sorry with such an essential part of a man’s health.

Bladder Problems and their Symptoms

Urinary incontinence: This is a loss of bladder control. There are varying degrees of incontinence. The bladder may leak urine, or a person may have complete lack of control over the bladder.

Nocturia: If you’re suffering from frequent nighttime urination, you may have nocturia. People with nocturia usually feel an urgent and frequent need to urinate at night, even though they may be unable to go when they get to the bathroom. Nocturia affects more than just the bladder, because it disrupts sleep patterns.

Urgency: Feeling a high level of urgency to urinate can be a sign of bladder problems.

Frequent Urination: Frequent urination is when someone urinates more often than is usual. This happens because the sensation occurs before the bladder is actually full.

Urinary Hesitancy: If you’ve ever felt a strong urgency to urinate, and then made it to the bathroom and either been unable to go, or it’s taken much longer than usual to start urinating, you may be suffering from urinary hesitancy. This can cause great discomfort since the urge to urinate cannot be eased by being able to use the bathroom.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient North Carolina locations. There, one of our 15 board-certified urologists will meet with you and discuss both your diagnosis and treatment options. We have two Raleigh offices; our main one at 3821 Ed Drive and the other in Brier Creek, at 10208 Cerny Street, Suite 202. We also have offices in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, and Wake Forest. You can find the respective address and phone number for all of our offices at the contact page on our website.

Urinary Incontinence information in North Carolina

We at Associated Urologists of North Carolina diagnose and treat many sensitive conditions for men in the Raleigh-Durham area. Urinary incontinence is one that many men are embarrassed to even consider. This is a condition that is a symptom of a medical problem, not a disease in and of itself. Urinary incontinence is usually a sign of an issue in the urinary tract, like an enlarged prostate or weak bladder muscles. Older men are diagnosed much more often than younger men because over time men’s prostates grow and their bladder muscles weaken.

This does not mean that one needs to accept urinary incontinence as a reality of aging. It can usually be treated and the effects ameliorated. The first step is to consider the symptoms, because there are different symptoms for different types of urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence is the release of urine during physical activity. When one lifts a heavy object, laughs, coughs, or makes any sudden movements, one suffering from stress incontinence will involuntarily urinate. This can occur after one has their prostate removed, making the recovery process that much more uncomfortable.

Another type is urge incontinence. This presents itself in the frequent urge to urinate. When one is sleeping, they may wake up with a sudden need to empty the bladder or may even release large amounts of urine while sleeping. Releasing urine while awake is common in urge incontinence if unable to make it to the bathroom immediately. Urge incontinence is often a symptom of an enlarged prostate putting extra pressure on the bladder or moving the bladder neck.

Overflow incontinence is defined by weak and inconsistent urine flow and the inability to fully empty the bladder. One may have overflow incontinence if they start and stop or have a weak flow while urinating. Small amounts of urine will be released, as well. Like urge incontinence, an enlarged prostate is the main culprit for this type of incontinence.

There is also functional incontinence, which is more about the lack of the physical ability to reach a bathroom. If one’s physical or mental state leaves them bedridden, they will not be releasing urine in a controlled manner. This type is different though, in that there may be nothing wrong with the urinary tract or prostate. Simply, the opportunity to use the bathroom is missing.

Whatever symptoms you may be experiencing, we understand the urgency and discretion of a problem of this kind. It can be embarrassing and make one retreat from spending time in public or with family and friends. You don’t have to live like this. Urinary incontinence is very treatable in most cases and Associated Urologists of North Carolina is experienced in finding the root cause and treating it. We have offices all over the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including: Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Clayton, Dunn, and Clinton. Please give us a call today at 919-758-8677 to schedule an appointment.