Bed-Wetting in Men: Causes and Effective Treatments

Some people think that bet-wetting affects only children but they’re wrong. Many men experience the same problem that makes them feel embarrassed. It can be caused by different factors, such as medications, diseases, or bladder issues but there are effective treatments.

What Causes Bed-Wetting?

Some of the main reasons that lead to bed-wetting include the following:

  • Kidneys start producing more urine than usual because the body doesn’t produce enough ADH, a hormone responsible for telling kidneys to make less urine, or they don’t respond to it well;
  • The bladder can’t hold enough urine;
  • Diabetes can also affect ADH levels in the male body, thus, causing it to make more urine;
  • Overactive bladder (muscles squeeze at wrong times or too often);
  • The intake of certain medications that irritate the bladder, including antipsychotics and sleeping pills;
  • Conditions that affect the ability of the male body to hold and store urine, including prostate or bladder cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and others.

What Are Other Possible Causes of Bed-Wetting in Men?

  • Constipation;
  • Pelvic organ prolapse;
  • Blocked urethra;
  • Enlarged prostate;
  • Obstructive sleep apnea;
  • Urinary tract infections or stones;
  • Problems with the structure of the bladder and other urinary organs.

How to Treat Bed-Wetting

Patients should make certain changes in their nightly and daily routine such as the following:

  • Avoid drinking, especially alcohol and caffeine, right before going to sleep;
  • Try bladder retraining to train the bladder to hold more urine;
  • Use a special bed-wetting alarm system;
  • Use an alarm clock to wake up at regular times;
  • Take specific medications to reduce the amount of urine produced by kidneys or calm overactive bladder muscles.

If medications and the above-mentioned routine changes don’t work, doctors usually recommend their patients the following medical procedures:

  • Sacral nerve stimulation to help them control overactive bladder by putting a small device in the body;
  • Bladder augmentation to make the bladder larger;
  • Detrusor myectomy to treat overactive bladder by removing a part of muscles.