What´s causing leakage?
For the urinary system to do its job, the brain, muscles and nerves must work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the right time. But there are factors that can interfere with the system.
- A swollen prostate can obstruct the urine from passing.
- Prostate surgery can cause the muscles to become temporarily weakened or damaged.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Nerve damage or brain injury can sometimes block signals sent to the brain to urinate.
- Being overweight can put extra pressure on abdominal and pelvic muscles.
- Medication, for example diuretic medications for circulatory illness, can increase the risk of incontinence.
- Diabetes can lead to slight urine leakage.
- Emotional distress.
Around 300,000 cases are diagnosed in Europe every year. Three quarters of cases occur in men over 65.
Symptoms of prostate cancer could include needing to urinate more frequently – often at night, having difficulty starting to urinate, weak flow and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. Note that none of these symptoms necessarily indicate cancer, but you should be checked by your doctor to rule it out.