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Male Incontinence Products

by Angela Medieros, Staff Writer
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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

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 schedule.

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.

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