|Male incontinence is extremely common.|
Men are less likely to be diagnosed, to talk about, seek help for, or be informed about incontinence. Male incontinence is extremely common, particularly in men who have undergone prostate surgery. As many as 50% of men report leakage in the first few weeks following prostate surgery, and 10-25% will not achieve continence 6 months after. Learn more about prostate surgery and incontinence. It is time to get informed. The following is a look at the best products for male incontinence.
The best product for male incontinence are determined by the level of incontinence, how absorbent they are, how discreet they are, and how normalized their appearance is. They have to offer comfort, protection, and discretion. There are at least 4 styles to consider, and the best product for you will be a matter of preference and function:
1. Briefs- If you have heavy incontinence or fecal incontinence, briefs are likely the best product to use. They are sometimes referred to as ‘adult diapers’, and are the ones with tape tabs. These are the most absorbent style of incontinence product.
2. Belted undergarments- These are great for moderate incontinence as they provide more absorbency and protection than a pad, but less that a pull-on underwear. They are open at the sides to let skin breathe, which is great for those with sensitive skin. They are also easier to take off for a caregiver.
3. Pull-On underwear- This is the second most absorbent style. They are designed to be used like traditional underwear, pulling up and down, but have easy to tear sides to make for easier removal by caregivers. These are the best option for discretion and absorbency as many are designed to look and feel like traditional underwear. Prevail Boxers for Men are a perfect example of this. The inventor’s own wife did not know he was wearing an incontinence product when he was testing them out.
4. Guards – These are essentially pads for men. These are great for light incontinence, and can be worn inside traditional underwear, or can be used as a booster to improve absorbency when worn with another incontinence product. These are available in many sizes and styles to fit absorbency needs, from thinner, lighter shields, to standard and heavy.
Those buying incontinence products for the first time waste $130 on average in trial and error mode. Once a product package is open it can’t be returned, so buying cases to determine the best product for your needs is neither economical or recommended. We recommend samples before investing in a case. We have samples available for $3.49 per item set of 4 pads. With over 500 styles, sizes, absorbencies and brands available, many more than even the big stores, trying samples is one of the best ways to get the right products for your needs. In addition, our product specialists can help you sort through any confusion to select the best options for your unique situation. Call us at 800-985-1353 to talk to one of these nice ladies today.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.