Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Did you know that over 5 million Australians of all ages experience bladder or bowel control issues and around 1 in 5 older Australians and 1 in 20 younger Australians are incontinent? Incontinence costs us $42.9 billion p.a., which equates to $9,014 per person.
Are you (or a significant man you know) suffering in silence? Let’s take a look at the symptoms:
Nocturia (frequent night time urination)
Hesitancy (difficulty initiating urination)
Intermittent urine stream
Terminal dribble (a prolonged final part of urination, slowing down to a dribble)
Post micturition dribble (an involuntary loss of urine immediately after toileting)
These symptoms are not something that you should have to put up with. If incontinence is treated conservatively, 75% are either cured or significantly improved.
In addition, a short mention on the infamous Prostate and a little condition called Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) which can present with the above symptoms.
BPH also known as prostate gland enlargement is a common condition that occurs in men where the prostate gland gradually enlarges over time. Most men will develop some degree of BPH during their lifetime and a number of individuals will experience incontinence as a result. Just to reiterate, these symptoms are treatable!
It is important to note that BPH is NOT prostate cancer! If you are concerned about Prostate Cancer you should make a visit to your GP for prostate cancer screening? This is even more important if you can check off any off the following list.
Age > 50
A family history of prostate cancer or;
Have had an onset of urinary symptoms such as those mentioned above