What To Know About Post-Micturition Dribble
by Gary Sattin on Oct 03, 2022
Though many assume only women experience urinary problems, it’s much more common for men to have some kind of urinary trouble than most people realize. These issues can range from chronic incontinence to post-micturition dribble. If you’re a man and have not heard of the latter, here’s what to know about post-micturition dribble and how to address it to feel more confident.
What Is Post-Micturition Dribble?
Post-micturition dribble (PMD) has an intimidating technical name but simply put, it’s when some urine leaks after an individual uses the bathroom. After urinating, some urine remains in the urethra until you go to pull up or zip your pants. When released, you may see a dark spot on your underwear, or it may even leak through to your pants. In many settings, this is very embarrassing and complicates the rest of your day.
What Can Cause It?
More often than not, the underlying issue is weakened pelvic muscles. When these muscles lose strength, they cannot facilitate the urination process as they normally would. Because they can’t evacuate all the urine from your bladder, it builds up at a certain point. This may happen for several different reasons.
You may be putting too much force on your lower body due to extra weight or a chronic cough. Other types of physical stress produce a similar effect. Additionally, men may suffer from a weak bulbourethral muscle or an enlarged prostate. Otherwise, several neurological disorders can also affect urination and lead to PMD.
How Can You Address It?
Talking About PMD
Though PMD is a disruption that you aren’t likely to bring up with others, take heart. Studies vary, but it’s clear that PMD affects many men, with the prevalence ranging from 5.5 percent to 58.1 percent. As tests become more standard and precise, the true PMD rate will likely lie between these figures, meaning there’s less shame in talking to people about it than you may think. It’s a common struggle, and bringing it up will connect you with doctors and resources that others already benefit from.
Incontinence Products & Pelvic Exercises
When it comes to seeking practical help, incontinence products and pelvic floor exercises protect you and promote healthy evacuation. For instance, men’s waterproof underwear provides you a discreet and effective layer that stops dribble from showing through, no matter what happens. Additionally, as you tense the same muscles you use to stop urinating, they will grow in strength and limit the amount of post-urination leakage you deal with.