Men’s Health Month Gives Men the Perfect Opportunity to Schedule a Doctor’s Visit

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Attention all male readers out there: when was the last time you scheduled a physical to make sure everything was working right? If the statistics are accurate, too many of you will give less than a satisfactory answer. A third of men in their forties refuse to go in for an annual checkup. Those who are younger are even less likely to go. June is Men’s Health Month, and it was created to bring greater awareness to the general public about the importance of preventative care and common male health issues that can be corrected or maintained with medical intervention.

 

There are many reasons why men choose not to go to the doctor – at least not at the same rate that women do. Some might argue that they don’t have enough time. Others might be stoic and say that they don’t need to see the doctor because they are fine. Some might just be embarrassed about symptoms they are experiencing. One common symptom that drives some men to the doctors and keeps many others away is male incontinence.

 

If you are experiencing male incontinence, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.  Your doctor will be able to assess your medical history and perform diagnostics to get to the root cause of the problem. However, for general context, here are several causes and conditions that may be the reason why you are experiencing urinary incontinence:

 

Enlarged Prostate: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is another name for an enlarged prostate, which is a common condition men over the age of 40 experience. The prostate presses against the urethra and pinches it, causing the bladder wall to become thicker. Over time, this will weaken the bladder and cause incontinence. Enlargement of the prostate could eventually lead to cancer, so it’s important to consult with your doctor to rule out more serious conditions related to the prostate.

 

Neurological Problems: If you are experiencing incontinence, there could be a neurological issue in the brain or spine that is affecting the bladder’s ability to empty itself properly.  If your doctor believes that this is a possibility, he or she may refer you to a neurologist to conduct additional testing to see if there is a problem with the brain or spine.

 

Obesity: Being overweight causes a number of health problems.  One issue is urinary incontinence. This is because the extra weight puts additional pressure on the bladder. This pressure could force the bladder to empty itself before it is full. If you are overweight, your doctor will recommend that you lose weight to see if that helps alleviate the symptom.

 

If you do experience urinary incontinence, your doctor may recommend a number of different lifestyle modifications or treatment plans. However, obviously, the first step is to go to the doctor, which we hope all of our male readers will do to ensure better health and mitigate smaller issues before they become bigger problems.

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