Understanding male incontinence is important because it will effect most men at some point in their lives. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about male incontinence that continue to persist as fact. Eventually, these myths and half-truths do more harm than help and cause some men much stress. To fully understand male incontinence, you have to first debunk some of the main myths surrounding it.
Myth #1: I Am Not Incontinent. I Just Leak a Little
A little leak is actually a form of incontinence. In other words, if you do have a little post-urination dripping, then you are considered incontinent. Don’t be alarmed, though. This type of incontinence, known as Post-Micturition Dribble (PMD) is often caused by a weakened pelvic floor muscle, which means it could be an easy fix through strengthening exercises.
Myth: #2: My Incontinence Means I Have Cancer
Since incontinence is associated with ageing and diseases, many men who have some form of the condition automatically believe they have some form of cancer. Although incontinence could mean you have cancer, it is unlikely that you do. Less than 4,000 people yearly from 2007-2011 came down with gallbladder cancer.
Myth #3: I Can Drink Less Fluids to Fix Incontinence
Drinking less fluids will not help your incontinence since it is not caused by over consumption of fluids. In fact, if you drink less water, you may become dehydrated and this could irritate your bladder, which could cause even more incontinence. As a general rule, never limit your intake of fluids in an attempt to fix medical problems unless you are instructed to do so by a medical professional.
Myth #4: Surgery is the Only Answer to Incontinence
Surgery is one of the options your doctor may recommend for incontinence. You should know, however, that there are many other less invasive options for treating male incontinence, such as bladder training, scheduled toilet trips, and fluid intake management. What your doctor finally recommends will depend on the nature of the underlying cause of your incontinence.
Myth #5: It Will Fix Itself
Incontinence is caused by an underlying problem. So, if this underlying problem is not treated, then don’t expect the incontinence to magically disappear. In fact, many of the problems that ail or bodies, including the ones that cause incontinence, tend to get worse if not treated.
Ultimately, it is your doctor who will be able to determine your underlying cause of incontinence and adequately answer your questions. If you are having problems with male incontinence, then make an appointment and get checked out. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse your incontinence and its underlying cause may get.