Urinary incontinence is a common problem for men and women throughout the world. Any loss of bladder control is a sign of urinary incontinence. In fact, around 20 million Americans currently have or have had signs of urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. This statistic doesn’t include any of those who have signs, but do not report them to the doctor out of fear or embarrassment. There are many signs, types, risk factors, causes and symptoms of urinary incontinence. We’ll go over them here.
What are the Signs of Urinary Incontinence?
There are many different things that can be seen as a loss of bladder control. The most basic one being that urine leaks through due to an underlying circumstance. Examples of these circumstances are:
- Functional Incontinence – This is a term that means a person is unable to make it to the toilet due to a physical or mental disability.
- Overflow Incontinence – When the bladder becomes too full and you are unable to empty in time, overflow of urine may cause a small amount of leakage.
- Urge Incontinence – When someone has a large urge to urinate and they are unable to withhold it.
- Mixed Incontinence – A combination of both urge and stress incontinence.
- Stress Incontinence – This term defines a loss of urinary control due to physical contractions. Such as coughing or sneezing.
Narrowing Down the Source
Urinary incontinence is usually a symptom of your lifestyle and underlying health conditions. Here is a list of different things that can lead to urinary incontinence.
- Too Many Fluids
- Bladder Irritation
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Inflammation of the Prostate Gland
- Bladder Stones
- Bladder Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Neurological Disorders
All of these can be an underlying cause of urinary incontinence and it is important to be honest with your doctor about everything you’re involved with and even slight symptoms or signs you notice. Once the source of the urinary incontinence is located, then treatment will begin. Again, urinary incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom of behaviors and personal health.
Prostate cancer symptoms usually don’t show until the cancer has grown large enough, but with it being the most common cancer in men in the US, it’s important to recognize the signs when they are developing.
Prostate cancer symptoms usually appear when the cancer has grown as it begins to put pressure on the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis, known as the urethra. The cancer develops slowly, so it may not show signs for many years. But it’s important to recognize symptoms when they do start to show because there’s currently no cure for cancer.
Because prostate cancer presses on the urethra, many of the symptoms of prostate cancer affect how a person pees.
Here are five symptoms that may affect a man when he pees.
- Difficulty peeing. For example, a weak flow or having to strain to start peeing.
- Needing to pee more often than usual, especially at night.
- Feeling like you have not completely emptied your bladder after peeing.
- An urgent need to pee.
- Blood in the pee or semen.
If you have any of these symptoms, it might be time to get in contact with Zurology.com to discuss your treatment options.
Prostate Cancer: What are the Signs and Symptoms
It’s also important to recognize that these symptoms can be caused by another condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostate enlargement (BPE).
BPE is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you pass urine.
BPE is common in men aged over 50. It’s not cancer and it’s not usually a serious threat to health.
Is There a Test for Prostate Cancer?
If you have symptoms that could be caused by prostate cancer, or you’ve asked your doctor for one, you may have a PSA test. PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells.
It’s normal for all men to have some PSA in their blood. However, a high level of PSA can be a sign of cancer. But your PSA level can also be raised in prostate conditions that are not cancer (benign) or if you have an infection. A diagnosis of cancer is not usually made on a PSA level alone.
Your doctor should explain to you the risks and benefits of having the PSA test.
It is important that if you feel you have any of the symptoms written about, please schedule. You need a quality urologist. So pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!
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We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.