The condition of urinary urgency in men could be caused due to a wide range of reasons. The following article provides information on the causes, associated symptoms, and treatment of this condition.
Urinary urgency, as the name suggests, is the sudden or compelling need to pass urine. In severe cases, it might be accompanied by urinary incontinence. It is more likely to affect the elderly. Frequent urination is an associated problem, which is characterized by the need to pass urine more than usual.
The urinary tract comprises the two kidneys, bladder, ureters, and the urethra. Certain conditions may disrupt the working of these anatomical structures or organs may result in this condition. Common conditions which are known to be responsible for causing this problem include:
- Bladder infection (although more common in men, may also affect men)
- Congestive heart failure
- Diabetes (one of leading causes of the condition)
- Drugs that increase urine production
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney failure
- Kidney infection
- Prostate cancer, prostate gland enlargement
- Sleep apnea
- Treatment methods for certain types of cancer
- Urinary incontinence
Common symptoms which may accompany this problem may include loss of bladder control, pain while urination, difficulty urinating despite frequent urges, and abnormal urine color.
The treatment depends on the underlying cause. Once the underlying cause is treated, the condition would resolve on its own. Patients might be recommended to take up pelvic floor exercises which help strengthen the muscles that control urination.
Drugs might be prescribed to treat the muscles that are involved in expelling urine from the body. Drugs that help in increasing the bladder’s capacity to hold urine, and reduce the bladder contractions might also help to deal with this condition. Severe cases might not respond well to these medications. For them, doctors may prescribe medications to reduce the urine production of the kidneys. All such drugs and medications are known to cause severe side effects in the user, which is why, it is important to use them under the complete guidance of a professional.
This condition may also take the form of urinary incontinence. The treatment then includes the use of medicines, medical devices to prevent urine leakage, therapies to improve the bladder muscles, or surgical procedures.
Urinary urgency in men or women can greatly interfere with the patient’s day-to-day activities. It could be more severe during night, and could prevent one from getting enough sleep. It is wise to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent the condition from worsening.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.