Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine or stool due to several underlying reasons. Although women are 5 times more likely to develop incontinence, over 10% of men over 65 suffer from incontinence.
The 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 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 check-ups and subsequent treatments, the leaks are easier to manage with the use of incontinence pants for men. There are bowel incontinence pants and urinary incontinence pants available to absorb urine and faecal leaks. The pants can often be worn just like regular underwear.
What are the different types of men’s incontinence pants?
Male incontinence pants are available in both disposable and washable designs. Pouch pants and waterproof pants are examples of men’s washable pants, whereas most stretch pants and pull up pants can be easily disposed.
Here are the main kinds of men’s incontinence pants you can choose from:
- Anatomically designed pants. Anatomically shaped pants are designed for people who want to be discreet without compromising total leak protection. Some pants have a double panelled 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 anatomical pants have leg carriage for the catheter bag and straps to keep the tubes and the urine bag in place
- Pull Up Pants. Men’s pull up incontinence pants are an ideal product for those who prefer the ease of use and security of garment with built in pad, combined with simplicity and convenience of disposable incontinence pads. Pull up pants often look and feel like normal underwear
- Stretch Pants. Stretch mesh fixation pants ARE designed specifically for wearing with Shaped Incontinence Pads to hold the pad correctly for the optimum fit for leakage security and comfort
- Men’s Pouch Pants. Pouch pants feature a discreet, externally fitted waterproof pouch to hold disposable and reusable pads securely in place. The pants offer unwavering protection in a discreet and dignified manner. The pants are easy to put on and can be removed quickly. Men’s pouch pants have both elasticated waist and legs for superior comfort and an individual fit
- Men’s Waterproof Pants. Incontinence waterproof pants provide excellent security for urinary and faecal incontinence. They feature a rustle free PVC making them discreet and allowing you to relax throughout the day. Featuring elasticated waist and legs for a secure fit they are ideal to be worn over incontinence aids whilst in swimming pools.
When choosing the right kind of men’s incontinence pants, you should consider the following questions:
- What absorption capacity do you need? You should consider the severity of your incontinence before choosing incontinence pants. It is more economical to get the correct absorbency for your particular needs. Mild urinary incontinence, for example, does not require the use of thick material. If the leak is heavier, however, more absorbent pants may be necessary
- Are the pants more suitable for mobile or bed ridden people? Comfort and convenience is of utmost importance in deciding on what type of pants to use. For ambulatory patients in nursing homes and hospitals, men’s pull up incontinence pants are preferred. Pull up pants are recommended for those who are able to take care of themselves without a great amount of assistance. For bed-ridden patients, men’s incontinence pants with side adhesive strips that are easy to peel-off and dispose of are a more practical option
- Do the pants have leg leak guards? Leg leak guards are necessary to keep urine and faeces from soiling the outer garments. Most of the incontinence pants available on the market currently have elasticated legs and double side panels to keep the leaks within the pants’ absorbent pad
- Do you have sensitive skin? Hypoallergenic inner material to prevent rashes and other skin infections is an important detail, particularly for users with sensitive skin. Prolonged use of synthetic material like plastic or spandex can sometimes cause allergies and lesions. Choose a soft elasticated waist band that will not cut into skin and allows the skin to breath
- Do the pants have odour protection technology? An odour resistant core neutralizes the unpleasant smell of urine and stool and are recommended for people who are still socially active
- Do the brand use environmentally friendly materials? Some companies use cheap materials that are potentially harmful to the environment when disposed of. Choose the brand that use environment-friendly materials in their products
- Is the material breathable? Many pants have a 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
- Is the brand economically priced? 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 a healthier diet and a more positive outlook on life. Male incontinence pants are the most practical solution to the leakage problem of every male incontinent. The pants are easily available, affordable and effective in managing male incontinence.