What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine that occurs when the muscle that has the job of keeping the bladder neck closed can no longer hold urine in the bladder.
Urinary incontinence can also occur when the muscles of the bladder contract too quickly or when the bladder does not empty completely.
The condition can affect anyone, both adults and children, both women and men, and can seriously affect the individual’s quality of life. More than 2 million people suffer from urinary incontinence, and a large proportion of these are men. Urinary incontinence is very often linked to other health conditions or is the consequence of cancer treatment.
Although to a lesser extent than women, urinary incontinence problems also affect men. For some men, suffering from urinary incontinence is a cause of embarrassment, and can prevent the person carrying out even the simplest daily activities.
If you or someone you care for suffers from incontinence you can follow these tips which will help to control it in part:
- Drink less coffee and tea and reduce fizzy drinks.
- Do not drink more than one glass of wine per day.
- Eat foods rich in fibre, to facilitate intestinal transit.
- Do not smoke.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Try to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder at set times.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Keep a diary of your incontinence symptoms, to help your doctor or specialist nurse find the best possible treatment.
Whatever type of incontinence you have, you need to know that there are remedies that can guarantee you a normal life and that do not necessarily involve surgery: such as pelvic floor exercises
External catheter for male incontinence.
The external catheter, or the sheath for male urinary incontinence, is also called a condom catheter. It is connected to a tube that flows into a collection bag tied around the leg: normally these types of external catheters are self-adhesive.
It is a non-invasive device, as it does not create any contact with the mucous membrane of the urethra. These outer sheaths are able to provide men suffering from incontinence, with greater confidence and comfort for this embarrassing problem.
Advantages: urine flows into a bag, thus reducing odour and protecting the skin from contact with urine.
Disadvantages: it could detach from the penis because it is positioned incorrectly.
Absorbent pads for male urinary incontinence.
You will find many different types pf products on the market, however if you suffer from incontinence you should understand which absorbent product is most appropriate for your individual needs.
A wide variety of adult incontinence products are unisex, however for the male anatomy, there are also specific products designed for men:
- MoliCare Premium MEN pad: designed for light urine leakage or bladder weakness ( 3 drops) to moderate ( 5 drops).
These products have a particular triangular shape to adapt perfectly to the male anatomy, they are positioned on the underpants and are fixed with adhesive; they are equipped with small side barriers to prevent urine leakage.
- MoliCare Premium MEN pants: absorbent briefs for larger urine leaks. Their shape is designed to adapt to the male anatomy and offer maximum comfort and protection, they are specially reinforced in the front, and allow you to carry out any daily activity in complete safety.
They are worn like normal underwear. The MoliCare Premium MEN are a range of high-quality pads and help to find peace of mind by guaranteeing a better quality of life.