It can be incredibly embarrassing and too often suffered in silence, but just like women, Urinary Incontinence in men is common effecting 1 in 10 men on average1. Prostate cancer surgeries are a common trigger for male Urinary Incontinence and can be one of the biggest challenges to overcome during the recovery process.
What causes male incontinence?
Common causes of Urinary Incontinence in Men, aside from Prostate Cancer surgeries, include nerve problems as a result of health conditions or disease such as diabetes and Parkinson's Disease, natural aging, and high impact exercise such as running which can place a lot of pressure on the pelvic floor, weakening the muscle over time.
But what exactly is causing the leakage?
Bladder control is managed within the pelvic floor, a series of muscles situated in the pelvis, which among other things, work together to hold urine in the bladder & keep the urinary system working. When your bladder is full, signals are sent to the brain letting you know it’s time to ‘go’. At this point, fluid passes down your urethra; a tube kept closed by two muscles which work like valves. The first muscle valve opens when the bladder is full, but you can hold the second muscle valve closed until you reach a toilet. Your pelvic floor muscles, which lie under your bladder and around your urethra, keep these two muscle valves working properly. When these muscles become weak, a loss of bladder control is often experienced.
But just like any muscle in the body, the pelvic floor can be strengthened with exercise, restoring your control, and ultimately, your confidence to return to normal activities. There’s no need to manage with pads, you can treat the root cause of the problem.
How to treat male Urinary Incontinence
Pelvic Floor Exercises, often referred to as Kegel Exercises, involve voluntarily contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles over and over on a daily basis. Pelvic floor exercises are effective when done correctly, however they can be time consuming, and can be tricky to perfect, particularly if your pelvic floor muscles are especially weak or compromised due to surgery. These pelvic floor muscles are located deep within the body and can be difficult to locate.
Studies have shown that a third of women who try pelvic floor strengthening exercises by themselves are unable to do so correctly, and a lot of men don’t even realise they have a pelvic floor to begin with! It’s easy to feel disheartened, and many people simply resort to wearing pads or using external catheters as a means of managing the issue.
INNOVO offers a compelling alternative to treating Urinary Incontinence in men.
Easy to use, comfortable to wear, and clinically proven to work, INNOVO is a completely non-invasive male incontinence treatment that helps you safely and effortlessly strengthen and re-educate the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.
Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes p/day, five days p/week has been proven to treat bladder weakness, and in as little as 4 weeks2. There are no probes to insert, just pull on the shorts, connect the controller and let INNOVO do the hard work for you. And best of all, it actually works. A clinical study found that:
- 80% of users saw a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks2
- 87% of users were defined as either dry or almost dry after 12 weeks3
- 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others4
INNOVO is suitable for use by women and men of all ages, and effectively treats stress, urge and mixed incontinence in the privacy of your home.
A proven solution or a lifetime of pads? Start your INNOVO journey today from just £41.50 on our pay by instalment plan.
1Continence Foundation of Australia, Key statistics http://www.continence.org.au/pages/key-statistics.html
2 Soeder S, et al, A randomised, controlled, double-blind, clinical study to compare two neuromuscular stimulator devices in female stress urinary incontinence: Effects on symptoms and quality of life. IUGA Conference 2018
3 R. Dmochowski – Novel external electrical muscle stimulation device for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: randomized controlled noninferiority trial versus intravaginal electrical stimulation. ICS Conference 2018
4 Observational study on the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with Innovotherapy, April 2014