It is estimated that 15% of men over the age of 60 suffer from incontinence in the UK. However, on average men wait 4.2 years after experiencing bladder control issues before seeing a healthcare professional for advice on managing incontinence. Many men try to make light of the situation and think that incontinence is just another part of growing older. However, when handled the correct way, looking for the correct incontinence product can dramatically improve quality of life.
Meta Redstedt, Global Brand Director at TENA Men, asserts, “Urinary issues among men are much more common than most people know and can have a negative impact on life”. Despite the impact that incontinence can have on day-to-day life, many men hate the idea of using incontinence products. However, finding the right product is much more beneficial than simply ignoring the problem. Wearing men’s incontinence products can prevent embarrassing accidents, allow you to relax throughout the day and increase your confidence. Male incontinence is treated by many different products ranging from incontinence clamps to absorbent briefs. Managing incontinence effectively may include the use of absorbent briefs, pads, clamps or absorbent pouches to retain wetness and protect against leakages that may occur throughout the day or during the night. For incontinence management, the process usually starts with the least intrusive product. If that product does not work satisfactorily, you can then move on to the next one until you find the best match for you.
When choosing products, you can choose between the following options:
While women grow up using pads, men can often find the idea of pads unusual or distressing. However, incontinence pads can serve as a great option for men. Pads can be worn with your normal underwear and give you the freedom to manage your incontinence without anyone else noticing. The products consist of a top sheet to keep the skin dry, and an absorbent core to soak up liquid, and some pads offer a waterproof backing to stop leakages. They have the ability to keep the skin dry and give you comfort when wet or dry for most levels of incontinence.
The types of incontinence pads you can choose between include the following:
Men’s incontinence shields are pads that fit under your normal underwear. They are specially shaped to fit your body, allowing for freedom of movement when out and about. They offer excellent protection from leaks while still being discreet. Incontinence shields can be used for light to medium urinal incontinence. The pads would be perfect for stress and overflow incontinence. Those little leaks when you cough or laugh is stress incontinence, as pressure is put on your bladder. Overflow incontinence is when you are unable to empty your bladder and urine leaks out after you are done going to the toilet.
Some shields are shaped like a cup, so they fit around your genitals, much like a cricket box, but are much more comfortable. Most makes have a strip that fixes to your underwear, so the pad stays in place. Shield pads are available in a variety of sizes and levels of absorbencies.
You can find the range of Shield Pads on our website here.
All in One pads-
Men’s all in one incontinence pads are designed to give you extra protection for moderate to heavy incontinence of both urinal and faecal incontinence. The pads are secured in place with adhesives strips at the side, making them easy to put on if you are less mobile.
The men’s all in one pads are suitable for moderate to heavy incontinence. The pads are worn like pants with re-sealable sides which offer maximum protection against bladder and bowel conditions. The all in one pad can primarily be used at night to give you protection and a good night’s sleep.
If you feel All in One pads are a secure and practical option for you, you can click here to browse our selection.
Insert pads are often rectangular in shape, with the addition of fixing mechanisms on some products. Insert pads can be used within washable pouch pants, as a booster pad in other incontinence products to increase their absorbency or simply as a low-cost incontinence pad that can be used in normal underwear.
Our selection of Insert Pads can be found here.
- Protective Underwear
Net and Lycra pants-
Men’s net and Lycra pants are specially designed to be worn with other incontinence products, such as pads. The pants are used as a fixing mechanism to support incontinence pads. The Lycra men’s pants will stretch to fit your body shape and keep the pad in place and stop them falling out. The net pants work in the same way. Both the products give you extra confidence in managing your incontinence condition.
You can shop through our range of Net and Lycra Pants here.
Pull Up Pants-
Men’s pull up pants are designed to make you feel just like you are wearing underwear. Pull Up Pants now offer more protection by being designed to fit your body shape. The products help you manage both urinal and faecal incontinence, using all-round protection at the waist and legs. Pull Up Pants offer the discreetness of normal underwear, with maximum absorbency and freedom of movement.
At Incontinence Supermarket, we offer a large variety of Pull Up Pants. If you are considering Pull Up Pants as the ideal product for managing incontinence, you can shop our range here.
-Bed Pans and Urinals
As well as using incontinence absorbent products, Urinals and Bed Pans are useful in ensuring you are always prepared for any leakages during the night or if you are less mobile.
When getting to the bathroom isn’t possible, plastic urinals can be a big help for managing male incontinence. They may be particularly helpful if you have urge incontinence, which makes it tough to get to the bathroom fast enough. The men’s urinal is a portable device that will help you manage your incontinence if you are confined to bed or you just need that extra protection during the night.
Urinals are plastic devices that are funnel shaped. They are made from durable plastic and will not get damaged if you roll over onto it in bed. Urinals usually have a spout that gives you a better aim and contains any sprays from passing urine. Bed pans range from the grey pulp variety that you see in hospitals and doctor’s surgeries, to plastic products that have lids in which to conceal the contents.
Shop our range of Urinals here.
Bed pans protect your bedding from incontinence from any spillages that may happen.
The bed pans can be used in a range of positions while the users are laid in bed or sat on the sofa. The design of the bed pan means that it is easy to use and will safely and cleanly collect liquids and faeces.
Bed pans are suitable for both bladder and bowel incontinence, however are mainly used for bowel and faecal incontinence. They can be used in conjunction with the plastic and grey pulp urinals.
You can find our range of urinals here if you require extra protection for bedding.