Then you should seriously consider heating up your love life by dating a firefighter.Firefighters are trained problem solvers, incredibly courageous, completely selfless, and look damn good shirtless.A man who is brave enough to run into a burning building will surely be able to protect you from life’s smaller threats (like mice). About 25 million Americans have urinary incontinence.It's estimated that three-fourths are women, but that leaves more than five million men with bladder problems.Men can have incontinence due to an enlarged prostate or prostate surgery, but other causes may play a role too.
Most men have mild post-void drips, hence the oft-quoted, "No matter how much you shake and dance, the last two drops get on your pants." But frequent, excess leakage after urination is not normal, says William Steers, M.D., chair of the urology department and Paul Mellon professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, in Charlottesville.If it makes you uncomfortable, shows through your clothes or causes skin irritation, it's a form of incontinence -- and it could be a symptom of a more serious problem. Between 2 percent and 15 percent of men ages 15 to 64, and 5 percent to 15 percent of men over 60 who live at home (as opposed to a nursing home), have incontinence, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC).Prostate removal for cancer treatment is one of the most common causes. As you age, the muscles that control bladder function start to lose strength, and weight gain can put extra pressure on the bladder."Most patients who come to see me about stress urinary incontinence are men who've had surgery for prostate cancer, nine out of 10," says Dr. (In stress incontinence, coughing and sneezing can trigger leakage.) If patients have stress incontinence and have not had prostate surgery, another condition -- such as a neurological disorder, spinal injury or diabetes -- may be to blame, says Dr. Although obesity seems to affect women more than men when it comes to bladder control, Dr.Steers says he's increasingly seeing the connection in his male patients. It can block the urethra and cause overflow incontinence, which is the leakage of a small amount of urine, or difficulty urinating.Cigarette smoking, heavy drinking and diabetes also increase a man's risk of bladder problems. Prostate removal due to cancer can also damage or weaken the pelvic floor muscles and nerves around the bladder, and it may cause significant leakage issues for about half of men just after surgery.One in five still has problems a year or more later.This is one reason doctors often suggest "watchful waiting" for slow-growing prostate cancers, says Dr. Delaying the surgery can also help you avoid erectile dysfunction. In some men, incontinence problems can be caused by nerve damage from diabetes, a stroke, Parkinson's disease (which mostly affects men), or multiple sclerosis (which mostly affects women). "Fortunately, the manufactures of adult absorbent products have recognized, finally, that the male anatomy is different from female," says Muller.In addition, men are more likely to be involved in car or motorcycle accidents, workplace injuries or active-duty combat, which puts them at higher risk for spinal cord injuries that can trigger incontinence, says Nancy Muller, Ph. "Only recently have major incontinence brands come out with gender-specific adult products." Men can find absorbent or disposable underwear, ranging from briefs to boxers, as well as compression pouches that support the urethra, in most pharmacies.For severe incontinence episodes, consider an external collection unit, which fits like a sheath over the penis and contains a collection bag (that fits inside a pair of briefs).