Managing Urinary Incontinence with Men’s Incontinence Pads
As man ages, a host of different medical problems begin to appear and manifest itself through many signs and symptoms. One of the organs that start to weaken when men hit 40 is their prostate gland. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland which blocks the urinary tubes and urethra causes involuntary voiding or uncontrollable loss of urine. Volume loss depends on the type of urinary incontinence and severity of the problem.
For decades medicine and science have worked together to develop drugs that can prevent incontinence. Many studies have proven that incontinence is a symptom and not a disorder. This symptom points to several underlying medical conditions which if neglected could result in more serious complications. However, early detection and proper intervention can bring about relief and cure. Based on the doctor’s diagnoses, treatment options are evaluated and started as soon as possible.
To help the patient manage the leaks and dribbles of urine whilst undergoing treatment, the use of men’s incontinence pads can make a huge difference in the patient’s life. For men who are still active with work and sports, frequent urination and embarrassing urine stains on clothing, uncomfortable wetness and smell are unacceptable consequences. Absorbent pads are a practical solution to all these problems. Although incontinence is not a comfortable issue to deal with, it needs to be accepted with an open mind.
Having urinary incontinence need not hamper your normal activities, there are products designed to make an incontinent’s life as normal as possible. Choosing from a vast array of incontinence pads on the market today can be very confusing; the patient has to know his specific need in order to be able to pick the right incontinence product to use. In choosing the appropriate incontinence pads one has to consider the following features:
- Absorbency level. Different brands have different absorbency label but all pads have the same absorption capabilities; slim pads for light incontinence and thick pads for medium to heavy
- Ergonomic design. Some pads look like regular sanitary pads for women but men’s incontinence pads have different style or shape. They are designed to fit the male anatomical structure
- Hypo-allergenic. Some people are allergic to synthetic materials. Natural fibres like cotton prevent skin irritation and rashes
- Odour-repellant. Choose a pad with odour-away core. It traps the smell of ammonia and keeps the genitals odour-free
- Stay-dry absorbent core. Keeps the wetness away from the skin by locking in moisture at the bottom of the pad
- Wide adhesive strip to keep the pad in place and prevent crimping
- Economical. Incontinence may take time to cure and the need for incontinence pads may take longer. Long term management can be very expensive therefore it is practical to choose a good brand and purchase by bulk. Many companies give discounts for bulk orders
- Environment-friendly. Synthetic materials used in some pads are non-biodegradable and cannot be recycled. Choose a pad that uses natural materials
- User-friendly. Choose the kind of pad that is easy to use and easy to dispose of. Some incontinence pads are individually wrapped for hygiene’s sake and the wrapper can be utilized to keep used pads in before throwing away
Urinary incontinence need not be a consequence of getting old. Prevention is still the best intervention and it starts from childhood. Good toilet habits, good nutrition and proper diet and healthy lifestyle can prevent the deterioration of the urinary system over time. But when the inevitable happens, men’s incontinence pads become a man’s lifeline.
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