While it is arguably almost expected for women to have some degree of urinary incontinence , based on physiology and other factors, that is not the case for men. Men may have a harder time discussing incontinence among people they are close with or even with a doctor or other medical professional. Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing topic for anyone to discuss. But now that pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise on television, many women have begun to seek treatment for their incontinence. Most women know that childbirth and age are risk factors for stress urinary incontinence , and knowing they are not alone has really opened up lines of communication between physicians and patients as well as other women, like friends and family. It is almost expected that women have some degree of urinary incontinence. This is not to say that it isn’t an embarrassing situation for women, but it’s more common, and there is much more information out there for women. Men, on th...
Urinary incontinence can be defined as the involuntary loss of urine. The urinary bladder, which stores urine until the patient voluntary empties its content, is a reservoir in the lower abdomen whose walls are a muscle that is supplied with nerve fibers. When the patient desires to empty their bladder, this muscle contracts forcing the urine out of the exit tube. There is a circular muscle surrounding its exit tube called the urinary sphincter. The muscular sphincter opens to allow for emptying of the urine, remaining closed most of the time to keep the urine stored in the bladder. Urinary incontinence is a common problem, perhaps more common in women than men, and may be temporary or chronic. Temporary urinary incontinence is loss of urine caused by another condition and disappears when the causative disease is no longer present. Examples of temporary incontinence would be acute bladder infection, loss of consciousness, or because of a reaction to a medication. Long-standing or ...
The prostate is a gland located in your lower abdomen, surrounding the urethra. This gland helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut but it slowly grows as a man ages.
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection of the prostate. You may experience discomfort or pain in your penis , groin, around your rectum or in your pelvic area. It may make it difficult or painful to urinate. Prostatitis may come on suddenly or may develop over time. Other symptoms include:
Burning when urinating
Pain during ejaculation
Sometimes prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection and medical care is needed and usually successful. Some STDs, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause bacterial prostatitis. Other times the cause isn’t known and it may come and go on its own. Unfortunately, in many cases prostatitis is chronic, it will go away only to return again – ...
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