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When people think about incontinence they assume this is a “women's issue”. While the majority of people who experience incontinence are female this doesn’t mean men are exempt. Approximately 5 million American men are dealing with some form of incontinence. Many men find after prostate surgery they are experiencing incontinence. In addition, some men find they must deal with incontinence as a side effect from neurological diseases or spinal or head injury. Other men find the aging process or the medications they are taking can bring on incontinence symptoms. A small minority of men who are diagnosed do not have a clear cut reason as to why they are experiencing symptoms. However, if you are a man who is experiencing incontinence it is important to know you are not alone.
Not too long ago, both men and women had little to choose from when it came to incontinence products. Their choices were limited to one size fits all, unisex adult diapers. Today, manufacturers of incontinence supplies understand men have very different needs than women when it comes to incontinence products. To meet these needs a number of brands now offer specific incontinence products for men. This allows men who are looking for effective ways to manage their incontinence to find the right supplies to meet their needs. Here is a brief overview of the available incontinence supplies for men-
- Briefs or boxers-The most commonly used incontinence product for men is the pull-on underwear (referred to as briefs by the Depend brand) or boxers by the Prevail brand. Many of these incontinence products for men come in a variety of styles. This way men can choose whether they want to continue wearing a brief or a boxer style. Most incontinence briefs or boxers come with odor control and are made with discreet “rustle free” material which allows the wearer to continue with his daily activities without fear of someone noticing they are using incontinence supplies for men. This type of product is sometimes referred to as an adult diaper. They are available in both a pull up style and a style with tabs for easier changing. It is important to keep in mind there are a large number of styles when it comes to incontinence products and it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one to meet your specific needs. The CareGiver Partnership offers over 500 choices in incontinence supplies (10 times more than even the big box stores). This means the odds are good you will find exactly what you need.
- Incontinence pads-Some men only have very light leakage and choose to use an incontinence pad in their regular underwear. Today, incontinence pads - usually referred to as shield or guards are sized so men who choose to use this type of incontinence product can find the right size to wear comfortably and discreetly. Other men choose to add additional protection to their incontinence underwear by adding a pad for additional leakage protection. However, many consumers wind up buying multiple incontinence products before finding the right one.
- Guards (also referred to as male guards or shields) -Incontinence guards or shields have a anatomical, form-fitting shape which provides superior comfort and fit. Many men choose to use this type of incontinence product after prostate surgery if they are experiencing urinary leakage (which frequently their doctor fails to mention as a consequence of surgery). The guard fits snugly and adds an additional layer of protection which helps to protect against leakage and accidents. They have a cloth-like outer cover which is soft and discreet. Most incontinence guards have an adhesive peel strip that keeps the guard firmly in place.
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