Choosing the Right Male Incontinence Pants
Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine or stool due to several underlying reasons. Most common cause in males is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and constriction of the urinary tubes due to the enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia), a disorder prevalent in older men.
Urinary incontinence is more common than stool or bowel incontinence and is easier to treat. Small urine leaks and occasional dribbles when doing physical exertion mark mild to moderate symptoms along with frequent urination and the uncontrollable urge to urinate. These symptoms may disappear in time with proper treatment.
Having started with preliminary checkups and subsequent treatments, the leaks are easier to manage with the use of male incontinence pants. These are incontinence products designed to absorb urine and faecal leaks and worn like regular underwear. When choosing the right kind of incontinence pants, one has to consider the following features:
- Absorption capacity of the pants should be enough to hold the excreted urine or stool. Mild urinary incontinence does not need thick pads. It is more economical to get the right absorbency for a particular need. If the leak is heavier, a thicker pad would be necessary
- Convenience and comfort is of utmost importance in deciding on what type of pants to use. For ambulatory patients in nursing homes and hospitals, pull-ups are preferred. They can still manage to take care of themselves without assistance from care providers. For bed-ridden patients, pants with side adhesive strips that are easy to peel-off and dispose of are more practical
- Leg leak guards are necessary to keep urine and faeces from soiling the outer garments. Most of the incontinence pants available on the market nowadays have elasticated legs and double side panels to keep the leaks within the pants’ absorbent pads
- Hypoallergenic inner material to prevent rashes and other skin infections is another important detail. Prolonged use of synthetic material like plastic or spandex can cause allergies and lesions. Choose a soft elasticated waist band that will not cut into skin and allow the skin to breath
- An odour-resistant core neutralizes the unpleasant smell of urine and stool and are recommended for people who are still socially active
- Some companies use cheap materials that are potentially harmful to the environment when disposed of. Choose the brand that use environment-friendly materials
- Anatomically designed pants are for people who want to be discreet without compromising total leak protection. Some pants have double paneled front pouch for disposable pad inserts. Fly buttons similar to regular boxers are convenient for people who travel and do not need to take their trousers off when changing. Some pants have leg carriage for the catheter bag and straps to keep the tubes and the urine bag in place
- The pants should have breathable outer covering to allow the skin to breathe and prevent stuffiness that encourages bacterial growth. Many brands offer elastic net pants to keep the disposable pads in place. These types of pants offer more comfort and ease of movement
- Some types of incontinence may take time to cure and some treatments may be long-term therefore it is important to find a brand that is economically priced without compromising quality and functionality
Incontinence need not become the end of the road, it is a life-changing phase but it can have good benefits. A chance to modify bad habits and lifestyle, have healthier diet and a more positive outlook in life. Male incontinence pants are the most practical solution to the leakage problem of every male incontinent. It is easily available, affordable and effective in managing male incontinence.
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