Male Urinary Incontinence Specialist in Charlotte, NC
Providing Expert Relief from Bladder Control Problems
Dr. Ashley Tapscott understands how hard dealing with urinary incontinence can be for men. She is also a board-certified urologist who knows how to help. Dr. Tapscott will thoroughly discuss the symptoms of your incontinence including how much urine you leak and the activities that cause leakage. During your consultation, Dr. Tapscott will diagnose the type of incontinence you're experiencing and will help you determine the treatment option that will best fit you and your lifestyle. To schedule your urinary incontinence consultation with Dr. Tapscott at her urology clinic in Huntersville, NC, please call (704) 766-1147 or request an appointment online today!
What is Male Urinary Incontinence?
It’s a taboo subject – no one wants to talk about incontinence. The fact is, the myths of incontinence often obstruct people from getting the help they need to live an active lifestyle. Knowing the truth about incontinence can help relieve any embarrassment of the condition.
Over 2 million men suffer from incontinence. You are not alone.
Bladder (or urinary) incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. It is a serious problem that men are reluctant to discuss with others. When the muscle (sphincter) that holds the bladder neck closed is not strong enough to retain urine in the bladder, the result is urinary incontinence.
Incontinence may occur when:
- The sphincter is too weak
- The bladder muscles contract strongly
- The bladder is not emptied regularly
In men, urinary incontinence often is related to a medical problem or a treatment involving:
- The prostate gland
- Enlargement prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, BPH)
- Prostate removal due to cancer
What are the types of incontinence?
Stress Incontinence: The accidental release of urine when pressure is applied to the bladder, such as when you cough, sneeze, laugh or lift something heavy. This is the most common type of incontinence post-prostate cancer.
Urge Incontinence: When the bladder contracts at the wrong time giving you the feeling that you have to urinate immediately even if you may have just emptied your bladder.
Overflow Incontinence: Characterized by leaking when the bladder does not empty properly. This can be due to other medical conditions such as an enlarged prostate or a narrowing of the urethra.
Total Incontinence: Continual leakage of urine due to complete sphincter deficiency.
How does a functioning bladder work?
The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen. It stores urine, the liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine passes from each kidney into the bladder through a tube called a ureter. Urine leaves the bladder and exits the body through another tube called the urethra.
As the bladder fills with urine, pressure is exerted on its walls, which you experience as the need to urinate. This triggers the brain to send a message to the layer of muscle that surrounds the inner lining of the bladder, forcing the muscle to contract (tighten) and the urine to flow out of the bladder.
At the same time, the sphincter muscle that surrounds the urethra relaxes, letting the urine flow out of the body. This process requires both nerves and muscles working together to prevent urine leakage. Damage, weakening or injury to either muscles or nerves can result in incontinence.
Incontinence can be caused by:
- Prostate removal
- Infections or medications
- Urethral strictures
- DESD (Detrusor External Sphincter Dyssynergia)
- Pelvic trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders
The cause of incontinence and the impact it has on the nerves or muscles will determine the type of incontinence you may have.
Signs of Urinary Incontinence:
Do you leak urine when you:
- Change positions (i.e., sitting or lying to standing)?
Does urine leakage affect your life?
If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you think incontinence is preventing you from enjoying life, talk to your doctor. He can diagnose your type of incontinence and help you find the most effective treatment option.
Schedule a Urinary Incontinence Consultation Near Charlotte, NC Today
If you live near Charlotte and are experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence, contact board-certified Dr. Ashley Tapscott to discuss the symptoms and severity of your condition and the treatment options available. To schedule your urinary incontinence consultation at our urology clinic in Huntersville, NC, please call (704) 766-1147 or request an appointment online.