ARTICLES / Incontinence/
Male Incontinence Products /
Angela Medieros, Staff Writer
Women’s menstrual cycles predispose them to
tolerating pads for extended periods of time.
Men may be resistant to wearing pads to absorb
leakage from a bladder that is recovering from
surgery (or other issues that affect bladder
control). Current state of the art design in
pads make for an easier transition period as the
incontinence is treated.
Depending on your loved one’s level of cooperation,
bladder pads can be an option. Adhesive strips
keep pads in place, and absorb small leaks, such as
those from stress incontinence. There are
deodorant characteristics, allowing the pad to be
used for several hours, but they have saturation
points requiring changes when needed. Your
loved one will need to tell you they require a
change, or you will need to work out a spot check
Larger absorbent “pads” are meant for individuals
who have higher levels of urine leakage. They
are undergarment liners that come with their own
elastic belt and buttons, or with adhesive strips
that lock on to underwear. In most cases, any
“stick on” protectors are best used with brief
underwear rather than boxers. Briefs will
provide a better, more secure fit. Some higher
quality liners have moisture indicators that change
color depending on the saturation level.
Individuals who experience moderate incontinence may
need disposable briefs. Even in light flow
incontinence, briefs may be a choice for nighttime
usage. They allow both caregiver and loved one
to have a sounder and drier sleep during the night.
Some products will also have leg cuffs or elastic
legging to help keep the leaks contained better.
This is especially true if they are being worn at
social occasions where trips to the bathroom may be
hampered by other guests.; Food and drink
intake may also be increased when out with others.
Protective briefs offer a measure of comfort for
overnight visits, too.