6 Reasons Why Urinary Issues Are Interrupting Your Life

May 21, 2020

Urinary incontinence might seem like a minor inconvenience (as long as you’re never too far from the restroom). However, when all the consequences of the increased urgency and frequency are tallied up, you can see what kind of toll this condition can take. Here are six of the ways urinary issues can be a major nuisance.

1. You can’t press pause.

When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Urinary frequency and urgency disrupts that dinner, show, movie, play, game or whatever it is you are doing and pause isn’t available for your bladder or the event. Frequent trips to the bathroom that often are hurried, which makes standing in a line a nightmare. The annoyance of continuing to excuse yourself to find a bathroom makes you miss out on fully enjoying the things you love to do.

2. A full night’s snooze doesn’t exist.

Research has repeatedly shown how much sleep effects over overall health, mood and performance. Seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep are necessary for optimal living. Getting up throughout the night to answer nature’s call never allows for that full amount of sleep. Not only does frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night wreck a good night’s sleep, but over time, it can cause damage to your health, relationships, work and energy level.

3. The dribble. The wait. The dribble.

Just when you think you’re ready to take flight from the bathroom, there’s just a little bit left that you have to wait for. Then a little more, and so on. In a rush and can’t wait? The leftovers end up on your pants. This interrupts your day and crashes your mood.

4. The bathroom is your best (and maybe only) friend.

Spending time in the bathroom because of a slow or weak urinary stream creating a longer than normal bathroom break to empty your bladder makes you well acquainted with your bathroom. Your bathroom should not be the room you know best and spend the most time in!

5. The plumbing leaks.

There’s nothing more disruptive and potentially embarrassing as the urgency to get to the bathroom and urinary leakage before you can get there. Don’t resort to living with wearing pads, wet undies or having to change clothes mid-day because of an unforeseen accident.

6. You are seeing your doctor more than your family.

Frequent prostate or urinary tract infections are keeping you busy going to your doctor’s office. Burning with urination, increased urinary frequency or urgency or discomfort in the prostate area are potentially the results of underlying urinary issues. Your doctor may miss your frequent chats, but your family will be happy to see you more often.

Many men begin to experience urinary problems. This typically occurs with age, but can begin in one’s 30s and 40s. This is due to the benign growth of the prostate as men age, also called benign prostate hyperplasia or BPH. This is a common, progressive urological condition, typically beginning around age 50 with 50% of men exhibiting some signs of BPH at age 60. By age 85, 90% of men will have signs of BPH.