Natural Remedies for Male Incontinence

Men can suffer from incontinence just like women. It is caused when the sphincter that holds the bladder closed is too weak, or when the bladder contracts too strongly, and when the bladder is too full. There are three main types of incontinence men suffer from, each with their own causes. Stress incontinence is caused by inappropriate timing during a laugh, sneeze or cough. It can also be caused by prostate treatments. Urge incontinence occurs when bladder contractions are so strong the spincter can’t hold the urine back. Infections, constipation, neurological conditions and blockages can all cause urge incontinence. Overflow incontince occurs when the urethra is obstructed due to prostate problems, nerve conditions, and medications.

How can I tell if I have male incontinence?

Men can suffer from three types of incontinence.

Stress Incontinence:

  • Lose off urine during coughing, laughing, lifting, straining or simply changing posture.

Urge Incontinence:

  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Accidents in which you lose large amounts of urine
  • Frequent need to urinate, especially at night

Overflow Incontinence:

  • Urine streams that stop and start
  • Accidental release of urine
  • Weak Urine stream
  • Straining during urination
  • Feeling as though the bladder isn’t empty
  • Urgent need to urinate at night
  • Loss of urine while sleeping

 

How can I prevent male incontinence?

  • Keep a fluids diary so that you know how much you’re drinking and when. This will help you be more aware of when you need to stop and empty your bladder naturally.
  • Train your bladder. Set a tight schedule for going to the bathroom and teach your bladder when to go.
  • Do Kegel or pelvic floor exercises. These will strengthen the muscles.
  • Control your weight. Extra weight weighs down on the muscles and stretches them out.
  • Quit smoking.

 

How can I treat male incontinence?

  • Saw Palmetto is a great anti-inflammtory that helps with incontinence, especially in men with prostate problems.
  • Try taking Gosha-jinki-gan. Studies in Japan have shown that it helps to reduce urinary frequency, control bladder contractions, and reduce nighttime urination.
  • Try extracts from the Buchu plant which helps to cleanse and heal the urinary tract.
  • While trying to gain control, use panti-liners to help hide leaks.
  • Take Vitamin C. It helps to fight oxidative stress relieving irritated bladder nerves.
  • Increase your magnesium. It helps to improve nerve and muscle function.
  • Increase your vitamin D intake. It may help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.

 

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