Urinary incontinence is a very common issue. In fact, in the U.S. alone, approximately 25 million adults experience some form of it. There is a number of reasons that incontinence can occur. There are so many options available today making male incontinence very manageable and sometimes treatable, depending on the severity. Sometimes male incontinence can have manageable triggers such as obesity, food or drink choices or stress. If you and your doctor have ruled out these possibilities and you are needing a different solution, it is important to understand when each product should be used and their potential side effects.
Diapers and Incontinence Briefs
Diapers can be used when experiencing both urinary and fecal incontinence or if you are experiencing complete incontinence. Commonly, diapers may cause bed sores or diaper rash for those who are permanently bed ridden. In addition, the moist environment can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs). Some who wear diapers complain of the fit, the odor, the bulkiness and always having to have an extra one on-hand.
Pads and Guards
Pads and guards can be used when experiencing light to moderate incontinence. They can provide adequate absorption at a lower cost to diapers and are considered more discreet. Though, they do not offer full coverage, you will experience dampness, possible odor and will have to have an extra one wherever you go,
Condom catheters should be used when you no longer have control over your bladder. The condom catheter will connect to an external bag to help eliminate odor. Some men have experienced the product popping off or not staying on. The condom catheter will not work on retracted or smaller anatomy. The urine may pool causing skin breakdown and a moist environment leading to UTIs.
There are some medications on the market used to treat urge incontinence. The medications are used to relax bladder muscle and can increase the amount of urine your bladder can hold. Some examples of medications include oxybutynin (Ditropan XL), tolterodine (Detrol), darifenacin (Enablex), fesoterodine (Toviaz), solifenacin (Vesicare) and trospium (Sanctura). Medications may have varying side effects and should be discussed with your doctor.
For some, surgery might be an option. The sling procedure may help men who experience urinary incontinence. With this procedure, a synthetic mesh-like tape is placed around the urethra bulb. This compresses it and moves it into a new position. Complications are rare but may include inability to urinate, infection, erosion or recurrent leakage of urine.
If you have talked to your doctor about diet, exercise and lifestyle changes and medications and surgery are not an option for you- Men’s Liberty is an innovative solution for male Incontinence that you should consider. It will adhere to the tip of your anatomy, eliminating pop-offs. It directs urine into a discreet pouch to keep you dry and odor free for up to 24 hours. So, you won’t have to carry extra supplies with you. Best of all, it is covered by most insurance policies. Call 866-725-8606 to talk to a customer care agent today. They can explain the product and talk to your doctor to help you regain your control.