Men's Frequently Asked Questions
How Does the Bladder Work?
Every time you eat or drink your body absorbs liquids. Your kidneys' job is to filter waste products from these fluids and make urine. A continuous trickle passes from the kidneys to the bladder, which slowly expands. When the bladder is full a signal goes to the brain indicating the need to go to the bathroom. Once the toilet is reached the brain then tells the large bladder muscle to squeeze and contract. At the same time it tells the support muscles (or pelvic floor muscles) that surround the urethra (the outlet from the bladder) to relax and let the urine pass.
How often do most people empty their bladder?
Usually between four and eight times a day.
How common is incontinence in men?
Because incontinence is not something you tend to discuss with your friends, it often seems rarer than it is. In fact it is really quite common, particularly among men who have an enlarged prostate or who have had prostate surgery, but there are other causes too that you can check out in our causes section.
I'm relatively young and have a weak bladder. Isn't this something that only affects old people?
Many men have difficulty urinating for a variety of reasons, regardless of age. Sometimes those who've had prostate surgery experience weak bladders for a limited period (around a year). Heavy smokers can also be susceptible, mainly because they cough more frequently than non-smokers. Even young boys with penile inflammation can be affected. Other aggravating factors include alcohol, coffee or tea, but it largely depends on the individual. So, as you can see, age is far from being the only factor.
What can be done about urine loss?
Exercises and bladder retraining methods are explained in Exercises to Help with Male Incontinence. These methods, in conjunction with TENA® MEN™ Protective Guards, will help you continue your normal life with confidence.
If I drink less fluid, will things improve?
It's tricky really because taking in less fluid will make your urine more concentrated and irritate your bladder, causing you to urinate more often. However drinking excessive amounts can lead to distension of the bladder. The best advice we can give is simply to drink when you feel like it and allow your body to regulate your liquid requirements.
My symptoms are different than those I have read about. What should I do?
This site deals with the most prevalent forms of incontinence, but everyone is unique and it can be tricky to diagnose your condition. Therefore our best advice would be to speak to your doctor.
Where can I find information about TENA® products?
You will find products and product descriptions in the Our Products section.
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