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1 in 10 men suffer from Bladder Weakness
It can be incredibly embarrassing and too often suffered in silence but bladder weakness in men, like women, is also fairly common effecting 1 in 10 men2 on average. Generally experienced by men following prostate cancer surgeries, it can be one of the biggest challenges to overcome during the recovery process. Common causes of Bladder Weakness in Men, aside from Prostate Cancer, include nerve problems as a result of health conditions or disease such as diabetes and Parkinson's Disease, natural aging, and heavy 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 half 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.
How to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
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. This is extremely time consuming, not to mention that it can be difficult to contract the pelvic floor muscles correctly by yourself – these muscles are deep within the body and can be difficult to locate, especially if they are very weak.
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 a lot of sufferers simply resort to wearing pads or using external catheters as a means of managing the issue. But a weak pelvic floor, and bladder weakness, is fixable.
INNOVO®’s non-invasive, clinically proven medical grade technology does those tricky pelvic floor exercisers for you, delivering 180 perfect pelvic floor contractions in each 30 minute session. A hand-held controller is used to vary the intensity and frequency of the impulses – increase the intensity in each session and feel your entire pelvic floor lifting and releasing! Use INNOVO® for 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for up to 12 weeks for long lasting results.
Unlike other pelvic floor devices, the Innovotherapy treatment is delivered completely externally, without any insertion devices such as probes, so it’s the perfect solution for male bladder weakness.
“INNOVO® completely changed my life”...
“Dealing with prostate cancer was hard enough, but then to have urinary incontinence was also a daily emotional struggle that I found hard to cope with. INNOVO® completely changed my life. I can now go out, wear my normal clothes, and I am not constantly feeling down my trousers to see if I am all wet. I can do all the things I did before I had cancer – even visit the pub with my friends for a few pints”, INNOVO® User, Seamus Coggeran.
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.
1 in 10 Men suffer with Bladder Weakness in the UK.
Overcome leaks with INNOVO® today.