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Do Urinary Incontinence Drugs Cause Infertility? - Dr. Yaşar Başağa
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Do Urinary Incontinence Drugs Cause Infertility?

Urinary incontinence is basically the involuntary leakage of urine from your bladder.

It is necessary for your brain, spinal cord, nervous system, and bladder to work healthily and together in order to hold urine in your bladder and empty it whenever you want. If this system is broken, you are likely to experience urinary incontinence.

This problem, which can be seen separately in women and men, is seen to occur in childhood, on the side of men. This can be a minor issue, or it can manifest in a larger way that affects your daily life.

Anatomically, men have advantages in controlling urine. These advantages are that women-specific events such as childbirth and menopause are not experienced in men, the bladder capacity is high and the prostate organ is present.

The subject of this article is "Do men's urinary incontinence drugs cause infertility?" The answer to the question is “No!”. These medicines have no known side effects. To get more information, you can make a free consultation with Dr. Yaşar Başağa, the best urologist in Istanbul. Now let's look at the types and treatments of this problem in detail.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence in Men

The causes of urinary incontinence in men are not generally known in our society. The incontinence problem can be seen in men from different age groups, some may experience this problem for more than one reason. The most common causes are listed below.

  • Prostate Enlargement: An enlarged prostate gland can block the bladder outlet and impede the flow of urine. This can cause the bladder to overflow and cause incontinence.
  • Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer occurs as a result of abnormal growth and proliferation in the cells of the prostate gland. This can result in incomplete emptying of the bladder and incontinence.
  • Bladder or Urethra Infections: This can cause irritation and inflammation in your urinary tract, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
  • Bladder or Urethral Tumors: May block your urine flow.
  • Nervous System Disorders: These may prevent you from controlling your bladder. Cases such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis are also examples of nervous system disorders.
  • Side Effects of Drugs: The side effects of some drugs that you use in the treatment of different diseases can cause urinary incontinence. Examples include cough medicines and antidepressants.

What is the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Men?

Treatment of urinary incontinence in men may vary depending on the underlying cause. With the right diagnosis and treatment, urinary incontinence symptoms can be healed. For example, if you are experiencing this problem due to prostate enlargement, you can get rid of this with surgical intervention. Other non-surgical treatment methods can be listed as follows:

  • Exercises: If you do special exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, you can prevent or reduce the problem of urinary incontinence. These exercises are also known as Kegel exercises and can help you strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which play an important role in controlling your bladder.
  • Bladder Training: It involves establishing a regular schedule of when to empty the bladder. In this program, urination exercises are performed at certain time intervals. With this method, you may be able to go to the toilet in a controlled manner over time.

Your urinary incontinence may also be a condition that may require surgical intervention. This practice is generally preferred in more severe cases, especially if your urinary incontinence cannot be controlled with other treatments. There are several options for the surgical treatment of urinary incontinence in men:

  • Sling Surgery: This procedure involves placing a sling around the urethra surrounding the outlet of your bladder. The sling helps reduce your urinary incontinence by supporting the muscles around the urethra.
  • Artificial Sphincter: Here, a device is placed around the urethra that surrounds the outlet of your bladder. In this way, it is possible to close the urethra opening and your urinary incontinence problem can be prevented. It can also be controlled with the help of a pump and only opens while you are using the toilet.
  • Prostate Surgery: If your urinary incontinence is related to an enlarged prostate, removal of the prostate may be an option. This procedure is usually performed for men with prostate cancer.

What is Stress Urinary Incontinence in Men?Urinary Incontinence

Stress incontinence in men is a sudden incontinence that occurs during activities such as sneezing, coughing, or laughing, especially during physical activities. This condition is usually caused by increased pressure in your bladder and can be caused by weakness of the sphincter muscles in your urinary tract.

The treatment of stress urinary incontinence in men is possible with the correct diagnosis and application of the best treatment. Depending on the severity and frequency of urinary incontinence symptoms, treatment options include exercises and bladder training that we have detailed above.

What is the Medication Treatment for Urinary Incontinence in Men?

In the treatment of urinary incontinence in men, drugs can be used in different ways depending on the diagnosis made by the doctor. Your urinary incontinence may be caused by physical problems such as not being able to control your bladder muscles or having a narrowing of the urethra.

Medications used to treat urinary incontinence can help reduce urinary incontinence symptoms by regulating your urine flow. These are usually prescription drugs and are recommended by a urologist or a doctor.

Here are some medications used for the medicated treatment of urinary incontinence in men:

  • Alpha Blockers: These drugs improve urine flow by widening your urethra, which makes it harder to urinate due to prostate enlargement. These can also relax your bladder muscles and reduce urinary incontinence symptoms.
  • Anticholinergic Drugs: These drugs reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence by increasing the control of your bladder muscles. However, anticholinergic drugs can have some other side effects, so you should be closely monitored by your doctor.
  • 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors: These drugs reduce the enlargement of the prostate, improving urine flow and reducing symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Medication can also be used in combination with other treatments. Again, you may experience different side effects, but infertility is definitely not one of them. You must strictly adhere to the dosage and duration of treatment determined by your doctor.

Dr. Yaşar Başağa, who is at the top of the list of the best doctors in the field of male sexuality with his years of experience in the field of urology, as well as his high-tech clinic, comfortable communication, and many positive patient feedback, is waiting for you to solve your problems. At the same time, if you are wondering about urinary incontinence treatment prices and want to get the best treatment under the most affordable costs, you are at the right address. Please contact us.

Dr. Yaşar Başağa, MD, FEBU
Urologist and Andrologist in Istanbul
Dr. Yaşar Başağa graduated from the Hacettepe University School of Medicine in 2014 and started his residency at the Erciyes University School of Medicine Department of Urology in the same year.

Dr. Yaşar Başağa focused on andrology and the functional urology fields in his academic and occupational studies throughout his studies, and he successfully completed his residency in December 2019.

He has had the chance to engage in intense training and practice on male sexual health, male infertility, and urethral stricture throughout his education and occupational life. 
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