Incontinence certainly affects men and can include symptoms of urinary frequency (weeing too often) and urinary urgency (panicking to make the toilet). Evidence indicates that men’s incontinence can be overcome effectively. It is essential men know how to perform pelvic floor muscle contractions correctly and understand how frequently and intensely they need to undertake them to achieve the best results. Sydney Pelvic Clinic physiotherapists are specially trained in this area, providing you with feedback and an individual plan to optimise your bladder and bowel habits.
There are 3 main types of urinary incontinence:
1. Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence is when urine leakage occurs with activities that increase pressure in the abdomen and push down on the bladder, ie coughing, sneezing, laughing, and jumping.
2. Urge Urinary Incontinence
Urge Urinary Incontinence is a sudden and strong urge to urinate. It is often with small bladder volumes, and can sometimes be referred to as an Overactive Bladder.
3. Overflow Urinary Incontinence
Overflow Urinary Incontinence is when the bladder is unable to empty properly and frequent leakage of small amounts of urine occurs as a result. Signs of Overflow Incontinence can be straining to urinate, slow urine stream/flow, regular urinary tract infection or urinary frequency.
Post-Micturition Dribble (PMD)
Post-Micturition Dribble (PMD) is the involuntary loss of urine after a person has finished going to the toilet. Unlike other bladder conditions, PMD is far more common in men than women. PMD is irritating and can be embarrassing, as it is often associated with men wetting their pants and clothes. At Sydney Pelvic Clinic your physiotherapist will identify the reason why you have PMD and provide an individual management plan to overcome it.
Nocturnal Enuresis is bedwetting, and affects up to 1 in 100 people. Nocturnal Enuresis can be either primary (starting in childhood) or it can occur in adulthood and may have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Our physiotherapists will ensure you have an effective action plan in place to overcome this condition. Often there are simple things that can make a big difference to reduce Nocturnal Enuresis and improve the quality of life of patients suffering with it.