Prostate problems and incontinence in men
Men are less at risk of incontinence and bladder problems than women, but as they grow old they are at risk of developing prostate problems. The prostate gland is a donut shaped organ that is wrapped around the urethra at the base of the bladder. The main function of the prostate gland is to produce a lubricant which helps sperm to travel from the testes to the urethra during intercourse. Benign enlargement of the prostate gland is very common in older men. As the prostate gland enlarges it puts pressure on to the urethra, and causes "irritative" male incontinence symptoms of urgency, frequency, hesitancy and straining. Typically men with prostate problems have to get up at night to use the toilet but then have difficulty starting the flow of urine, and have a poor flow and sometimes dribble after they have finished. More rarely, cancer of the prostate gland can develop; therefore it is very important that men with new urinary symptoms see their doctor as prostate disease can often be successfully treated with medication or surgery.
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