- Urinary incontinence products for men introduction
- What are urinary incontinence pads and other absorbent products?
- What are urinary incontinence external catheters?
- What are urinary incontinence drainage bags?
- What are urinary incontinence underpads?
- What are urinals and other toilet substitutes?
- What are urinary incontinence penile clamps?
- Where can you find men's urinary incontinence products?
- How do you use male urinary incontinence products?
Urinary incontinence products for men introduction
Lots of men hate the idea of using incontinence products
What are urinary incontinence pads and other absorbent products?
Incontinence pads and other absorbent products. While women grow up using pads (albeit of a different sort), men can find the idea pretty weird and distressing. But these incontinence products can be enormously helpful. They can prevent leaking onto your clothes, control odor, and prevent skin irritation. What's more, just knowing that you're protected can make you feel a lot better.
Of course, there are so many types available that you may not know where to start. The best choice depends on your symptoms. If you're just having occasional leaking or dribble, a drip collector
What are urinary incontinence external catheters?
External catheters. Unlike the catheters used at the hospital, external catheters for male incontinence are silicone or latex devices that go over the penis instead of into the urethra. They're usually rolled on like condoms. The urine is sent through a tube into a drainage bag. Some men only use these devices at night. To prevent leaks, it's very important to get the right fit and to follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
What are urinary incontinence drainage bags?
Drainage bags. These are just the plastic bags that you would attach to a catheter. Larger ones are called "bedside bags" and are hung near the bed. Smaller ones can be worn on the body, attached to the abdomen or leg with straps.
What are urinary incontinence underpads?
Underpads. These incontinence products are basic waterproof pads or covers that can be placed on furniture or mattresses to protect against leaks. They add an extra level of protection.
What are urinals and other toilet substitutes?
Urinals and other toilet substitutes. When getting to the bathroom isn't possible, plastic urinals can be a big help for male incontinence. These are plastic containers that a man can urinate into. They may be particularly helpful if you have urge incontinency, which makes it tough to get to the bathroom fast enough. You can keep one by the bed and another in the car in case you get stuck somewhere without a bathroom.
What are urinary incontinence penile clamps?
Penile clamps. They may sound unpleasant, but for certain men, penile clamps
Where can you find men's urinary incontinence products?
Incontinence pads and disposable undergarments are usually available at drugstores and supermarkets. For other male incontinence products, a medical supply store might be your best bet.
If you're anxious about buying incontinence products publicly, just look online. You should be able to find just about anything you want at an online superstore or online medical supply company. However, before spending a lot of money on a male incontinence product, check with a doctor to make sure it's likely to help.
How do you use male urinary incontinence products?
Some guys don't want to try urinary incontinence products because they feel like it's a sign of defeat. Once they start buying pads, they think, they'll be stuck buying them for the rest of their lives. But remember that a lot of men may only need incontinence products temporarily. For instance, if you've just had prostate surgery, using some of these products may help get you through while you're healing. Other men rely on incontinence products for a short time while their doctors figure out the underlying cause of their problems.
Think of incontinence products as valuable tools to help you get by. They may not be a long-term solution, but they can vastly improve your quality of life right now.
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on February 14, 2011