Once you’ve discussed with your doctor what the cause of your incontinence could be, there are several treatment options for you to consider. Treatment options will depend on what’s causing your incontinence, so take a look at some of these choices to consider which ones may work best for you.
If weak muscles are causing your incontinence, physical therapy can help. Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment that simply involves working your muscles down there to help them become stronger. These could include pelvic exercises, or your physical therapist or doctor may suggest that you do Kegel exercises. A simple Kegel exercise for men involves stopping the flow of urine once you’ve started, and then starting again. This will enable you to locate the specific muscles used in your urination process. Simply start and stop your urine flow, and once you’ve located these muscles, you can train them without having to stop your urine flow.
Diet and Exercise
Your incontinence issues may be resulting from a combination of factors, but don’t overlook diet and exercise as two of them. Foods high in refined sugar such as corn syrup and even artificial sweeteners can affect your incontinence. Take a look at your diet and consider switching to water for when you’re thirsty, and be sure to eliminate refined sugars from your diet as much as possible to help you take control of your incontinence. Doing Kegel exercises and participating in regular physical activity can help you achieve overall health while addressing your incontinence as well.
Sometimes, due to an illness or different medications or surgeries, that bladder needs to be re-trained to understand when it’s time to urinate. This could involve determining how often you go to the bathroom, and then trying your best to wait an extra ten or fifteen minutes in between those times and gradually increasing the time. Some other techniques involve holding your urine when you feel the need to go, just for a few minutes, doing Kegel exercises and limiting your fluid intake, or being careful about which fluids you consume (limit sugary drinks, alcohol, and caffeine).
Medication or Surgery
Depending on the cause of your incontinence, medication or surgery will probably be the last option you want to consider. There are a few medications out there that can help you control your stress or urge incontinence, such as antispasmodic drugs that help calm the nerves associated with the bladder, or alpha-blocker medications that may help with an overactive bladder. Surgeries could involve having a device inserted around the urethra to help control urination, or inserting material that will help build up the wall of the urethra. Again, depending on your diagnosis, you may want to consider surgery as your last option.
Treatment for male incontinence isn’t all bad, as exercises and diet can help greatly. Discuss different treatment options with your doctor to determine which ones are best for you. Some may work well in combination with others. Remember that your treatment depends on your diagnosis.