Are you spending too much time in the bathroom? If you’re like 33 million American men, your strong urge to urinate is likely a problem. Why not avoid urinary incontinence with treatment from your men’s health specialist in Charlotte, NC? Dr. Richard Natale provides innovative solutions to this common problem.
Why Does Urinary Incontinence Happen?
For most men, the sudden urge to urinate comes with age. It develops when the prostate gland surrounding the urethra enlarges due to aging. The bigger the prostate becomes, the more it blocks urine flow.
This condition is called benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. Along with decreased urine flow comes irritation of the bladder. In between bathroom trips, you may experience urine dribbling and sudden urges to urinate. Nightly bathroom visits will be more urgent and frequent than before.
What Are Other Reasons For The Sudden Urge?
There are many reasons for male incontinence. For instance, your bladder muscles may weaken with time or due to injury. Then, when you cough, sneeze, or pick up something heavy, you can lose urine. Add the pressure exerted by too much body weight (for those who are overweight) and this stress incontinence can become your constant companion.
More concerning causes include:
- Bladder tumors
- Kidney stones
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Interstitial cystitis (bladder irritation)
- Some medications
- Excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption
What Can I Do About It?
For the best urinary incontinence treatment in the Concord, NC area, make a consultation appointment with men’s health specialist, Dr. Richard Natale.
He’ll review your symptoms, do a thorough exam, and order imaging tests if warranted. For most men, he builds simple, non-invasive treatment plans which improve bladder muscle strength and reduce the uncontrollable urge to go. Additionally, he provides medications and surgeries for more severe cases.
Your treatment plan could include:
- Losing weight
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol
- Doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegal exercises) to strengthen muscles
- Medications, such as Flomax, which improve the strength of the urine stream
- Smoking cessation
- Adequate hydration (more water intake improves urinary tract health and function)
Also, Dr. Natale offers surgical treatment for reducing the size of the prostate in order to improve the function of the urinary sphincter (the urine outlet at the end of the penis) and to reduce the pressure of the enlarged prostate on the bladder and urethra.
This last procedure is becoming very popular. Called the UroLift, this in-office treatment inserts a small device through the urethra to hold the prostate out of the way of the urine stream. The solution works well and lasts indefinitely.
Spend Less Time Going to the Bathroom
Don’t waste your life with frantic bathroom trips. Take control of that urge to go by consulting with Dr. Richard Natale at Carolina Urology Partners. He’ll lay out your urinary incontinence treatment options, so you make a decision right for you and your lifestyle.
Call us at (704) 786-5131, or make your appointment online.