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Men Have Problems With Incontinence And Bladder Control Too
Male Urinary Symptoms and Bladder Control
Though the anatomic structures of the male and female lower urinary tract differ greatly, men and women may actually experience many of the same symptoms of urinary tract dysfunction.
These urinary tract symptoms commonly include:
The underlying causes of the above symptoms can vary widely. If a male friend or relative is experiencing difficulties with any of the above mentioned symptoms, he should consider talking to his family doctor about whether to seek further evaluation.
Commonly for men, the symptoms are often linked to the condition of the prostate gland known as benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH. The prostate is a uniquely male organ in the male urinary tract. It sits below the bladder much like a washer around a drainpipe. All the urine flow from the bladder must pass through the hollow center of the prostate.
Patients often ask whether urinary symptoms could signal a more serious underlying problem such as prostate cancer. This is not the typical clinical situation. However, men aged 50 years and older should undergo annual prostate screening exams for this disease. Typically early stage prostate cancer can only be detected by a screening blood test known as PSA (prostate specific antigen).
Male Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is much more commonly encountered in women. Nevertheless, men can also be at risk for stress urinary incontinence if they have undergone previous urinary surgeries, urinary trauma, etc.
Certain neurologic diseases, pelvic surgeries, and chronic medical condition may lead to urinary tract symptoms years later. If symptoms are steadily worsening, men should consider seeking medical consultation with a urologist. A urologist is a surgeon who specializes in male reproductive function and urinary tract functions of both men and women. If the clinical picture proves to be more complex, the urologist may refer to a subspecialist in the area of neurourology. In this case, the specialist has particular diagnostic tools to better understand the problem with urinary tract function.
Where Can I Get Help?
Appointments with the UCSF Urology Practice can be made by calling (415) 353-2200.
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