How Does the Male Urinary System Work and How to Prevent Infection?

The urinary system performs several vitally important functions we don’t often think about until there is a problem. Learn more here about how the system works.

 

The male urinary system

The main parts of your urinary system include the kidneys, urethra, sphincters, ureters, and bladder. The urinary system filters the blood. The nutrients you need, such as potassium, are preserved. Waste is eliminated in a liquid form called urea. Urea moves through the bloodstream to the kidneys. There, it combines with water and other waste products to form urine. 

 

Infection in the male urinary system

UTI’s or urinary tract infections often involve the main parts of the urinary system. Urinary tract infections can affect the lower tract or the upper tract.

 

Lower tract infections: Common lower tract infections include cystitis (infection of the bladder) and infection of the urethra (urethritis). Among the causes are sexual contact and intestinal bacteria, which enters the body and spreads to the bladder.

 

Upper urinary tract infections: These kinds of infections involve the ureters and kidneys. A common cause is bacteria that have traveled from the bloodstream or urine into the kidneys.

 

Symptoms of infection

Some men experience no symptoms at all. Others have frequent urination, burning with urination, abdominal pain, chills, difficulty starting to urinate, dribbling, and cloudy or bloody urine. You are more susceptible to infection if you don’t drink enough water, have diabetes, have an enlarged prostate, are living with incontinence or are not circumcised. Your healthcare provider can provide antibiotics to clear the infection. Take all of the medication as prescribed, even if you begin to feel better.

 

Preventing infection

Some things you can do to reduce the risk of infection include:

  • Drink plenty of water 
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Pull back your foreskin to clean the area thoroughly, if you are not circumcised. 
  • Wash before and after sex to remove any bacteria.
  • Avoid holding urine, empty your bladder regularly. Try to urinate after sex.
  • Try Men’s Liberty

 

Men’s Liberty reduces the risk of UTI

Men’s Liberty is a unique, external collection system. Enjoy secure, safe, non-invasive protection. Non-invasive protection means no painful insertion and significantly reduced the risk of infection. If you are living with incontinence Men’s Liberty can help you reduce your risk of getting a UTI. Call us today to find out how Men’s Liberty can help you get back to your active lifestyle with dignity and without endless worry about leaks, accidents or infection.

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