Male bladder problems
Bladder problems (or urinary symptoms) in men are many and varied. It might be that, as the day wears on, you need to urinate more and more frequently, or that you need to urinate a lot during the night. Perhaps you have difficulty urinating, have a weak
flow or notice that you’re still dripping even after you’ve finished. Maybe it’s difficult for you to fully empty your bladder or that you have difficulty holding it in.
As varied as the symptoms are, so diverse can the causes be. In addition to this, men of any age can develop bladder problems. However it is well known that as you get older there are more likely to me more reasons why these occur, and the risk of developing
a bladder problem becomes greater. Men usually experience prostate enlargement from the age of 60 onwards.
Prostate pressure on the urethra
The prostate is found by the urethra at the exit from the bladder. If your prostate becomes enlarged then it can start to press on the urethra. This means that your urethra can’t fully open when you urinate. The flow is weaker and it takes longer
for you to finish urinating. Sometimes it may feel like you haven’t been able to fully empty your bladder and other times that you experience the involuntarily loss of urine, or even that you drip. It’s also quite common that you will
feel the need to urinate more frequently overnight.
Is a catheter the right solution for me?
It is down to your doctor to investigate your bladder problem and provide a diagnosis. In some cases, a catheter can certainly be one solution. Your doctor will be able to advise you more fully about this too.
The average length of a male urethra is 18 to 20 cm. This means that a catheter for a man need to be between 30 and 40 cm long. The Curan range includes the Curan Man,
the Curan Advantage Man, the Curan Advantage Unisex,
the Curan Hydrophilic Coated Catheter and the Curan Closed System with integrated urine collection bag.
Together with your doctor or specialist you will be able to select the catheter that most suits your body, your diagnosis, your lifestyle, your wishes and your needs. Your doctor or specialist will teach you how to self-catheterise. Let us tell you
more about it.