Many times, people as well as some physicians have
erroneously attributed benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarge
prostate) as the reason for urinary incontinence in men, when
in reality it is AOB or overactive bladder that's responsible.
Within the United
States alone, it is believed that there are between
twenty-five to thirty-five million people who suffer with OAB
and other forms or types of urinary incontinence.
An overactive bladder (OAB) has been responsible for many,
embarrassing and humiliating scenes for people all across the
USA and abroad. Time and time again, men who suffer from some
form/type of urinary incontinence has had to make a mad dash
across the room to the bathroom to avoid yet another
troublesome episode of 'life with an overactive bladder'.
Life with an overactive bladder is not the sole province of
men, instead, children, adolescent, young adults, as well as
senior citizens, both male and female, suffer with some type
of urinary incontinence;women make up the largest number of
any group that suffer with urinary incontinence.
An overactive bladder (OAB) can be traced back to a number of
causes, in most cases an overactive bladder can be
successfully treated. Listed below are several causes of OAB.
1.Medications--side effects from prescription drugs can
result in an overactive bladder, especially diuretics and
drugs that have caffeine it.
2.Bladder neck damaged during some type of surgery.
3.Collateral damage from a prostatecomy, or prostate surgery.
4.Spinal cord injury or some type of damage to the nervous
5.Urinary tract infection to the kidneys, bladder, ureter
tubes, urethra and the sphincter muscle.
6.Diseases that affect the central nervous system; (a)
Parkinson disease,(b) multiple sclerosis, (c)Alzheimer,
(d)Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis "Lou Gehrig's disease" (d)
Cerebral palsy,(e) Muscular dystrophy,(f) Stroke
7.Prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarge
8.Bladder cancer or a tumorous bladder
The kidneys are responsible for cleansing the blood in the
body by removing waste, excess water, and all other
impurities.The waste and excess water and other impurities
are turned into urine within the kidneys;urine is transported to the bladder for
storage via the ureter (2) tubes. Once the bladder is half
full or about two-thirds (66%) full, the brain will send a
nerve signal to the bladder to release all the urine that it
is storing. The moment that happens the detrusor muscle that
is located within the bladder (walls) will constrict
spastically and force the urine out of the bladder through
the urethra and out through the male sexual organ.
If there is some type of nerve damage the nerve signal will
be unable to notify the bladder to release the micturate
(urine) and the bladder will continue to fill. When the
bladder reaches full capacity and it is still unable to
release its content due to nerve damage, the urine will begin
to 'Overflow' and this will result in leakage. This type or
form of urinary incontinence is known as 'Overflow Incontinence'.
When the urinary tract is working well, once the nerve signal
is received by the bladder the detrusor muscle (located
inside the wall of the bladder) will constrict and force all
the urine out of the bladder. The urine will travel through
the urethra (a duct or tube) that is attached to the bottom
of the bladder and runs through the prostate gland and the
sphincter muscle and finally through the male organ and out
The sphincter muscle is located at the base of the bladder,
it encircles the bladder neck. If the sphincter muscle does not open up and
release its grip on the bottleneck of the bladder at the same time the
detrusor muscle is forcing the urine out of the bladder---the
urine won't be able to exist the bladder thereby preventing
urination. The sphincter muscle must be in synchronization
with the detrusor muscle or there will be a problem with
The sphincter muscle can become damaged from a previous
surgery, or it can become worn out from being over worked.
For instance, if there's a problem with the nerve signal and
the detrusor muscle begin constricting when it did not
receive the nerve signal to do so; the sphincter will
continue to hold its grip on the bladder's neck in an effort
to prevent leakage, but after too much of the detrusor rogue
behavior the sphincter will eventually lose its ability to
continue holding a firm grip, and voiding or leakage will
In most cases an overactive bladder (OAB) can be cured, and
in the cases where there is no cure, there are medical
procedures, medications, and a large number of urinary
incontinence products that are on the market to help almost
everyone with bladder problems live a full and dignified
existence without public and social embarrassment.
There are so many wonderful and well designed products to
help men live an active and energetic lifestyle. Products
men disposable diapers; men cloth diapers; men guards; men
pads; men incontinence underwear; urinals; catheters;
Cunningham clamps, and this in no way begins to exhaust the
Today is a new day for people who suffer with an overactive
bladder (OAB), there is no reason for anyone to suffer in
isolation, secluded from the world because of fear that they
may have to endure yet another embarrassing and humiliating
scene. Today, things are so much better so go on and live.
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