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Men's Sexual Health > Incontinence

Incontinence issues plague nearly 50 percent of men and women, mostly women, and can be a major life style impediment. Incontinence is often described as being either urgency/frequency and stress. There are a variety of treatments for both from medications to same-day surgery procedures.

Catheterization: A Steadfast Treatment for Urinary Disorders

For someone suffering from acute urinary retention, nothing spells relief quite like a catheter. Today's catheters are safe, indispensable diagnostic and treatment tools in many specialties, employed as much to inject fluid as to drain it. In cardiology, for instance, they're the conduit for radiopaque dye to magnify coronary arteries and miniature stents to unblock them. But the history of the catheter belongs to urology and the process of draining a painfully distended bladder dates to antiquity. The catheter is one of civilization's first therapeutic interventions.

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Stents, Help for Men with Urinary Incontinence

Cardiologists use "stents" to keep open obstructing coronary arteries. These stents are made of materials that are basically a woven tunnel which are placed using x-ray control within the blocked vessels of the heart. Urology deals also with problems of obstruction, and in particular, obstruction from prostate disease and obstruction from stricture disease of the urethra.

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Urinary Incontinence in Men: A Treatable Problem

Millions of American suffer from urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control). It has been estimated that up to 18 percent of men will experience loss of bladder control during their life and that $10 billion is spent in the United States every year on pads and other incontinence related products. Also, in previous surveys, only 1 of 10 people with an incontinence problem sought help for their problem. The most common reasons for not seeking help included thinking that loss of bladder control is a "normal" part of aging (not true), that nothing could be done about the problem (also not true), or the incontinent person was too embarrassed to seek help. With current methods of evaluation and treatment, almost all bladder control problems can be either eliminated or significantly improved.

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Urinary Incontinence

Many people suffer from urinary incontinence - the involuntary loss of urine. Often ashamed, they hide behind a shroud of secrecy. They believe the myth that urinary incontinence is a result of normal aging or childbirth - that loss of bladder control is inevitable and irreversible. The truth is, in most cases, urinary incontinence is treatable. People of all ages can lose control of their bladder. One in five older men and about one-half of all women will experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime.

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Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: The Problems and Solutions

Incontinence can be a complication of prostate surgery done for either benign or a malignant disease. I am going to concentrate on incontinence following surgery for prostate cancer, although many of the same principles apply for incontinence caused by surgery done for benign enlargement of the prostate such as TURP or open prostatectomy.

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What's New: Drug Treatments for Urinary Incontinence

Many individuals, particularly women, have serious problems with urgency and frequency of urination, urgency control problems, bladder instability, and urgency incontinence. In the past the only drugs available to relax the bladder in these patients included Banthine, Probanthine, Hyoscyamine (Levbid), and Ditropan. The major side effect include dry mouth, constipation, visual disturbances, and occasionally mental agitation and fatigue.

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