Hi, I’m male and 56-year-old. I would class myself as a very active person and take part in a lot of physical activity I go to the gym regularly and like to go jogging or walking in my free time. I’ve recently noticed when I do any physical activity I have started to leak urine and I find this very embarrassing. It is putting me off doing the things I love and making me nervous on a daily basis in case other people notice. I really need some help on what to do to treat me or what products may protect me. I don’t know why this has suddenly started but I need to get it sorted as soon as possible so I can try get on with my life as normal as possible.
What you are experiencing is the most common type of incontinence, called stress incontinence. This type of incontinence occurs when the muscles and other tissues supporting the bladder and regulate the release of urine are weakened. The urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your bladder), should stay closed as the bladder expands. However, when these muscles are weakened, activities that exert force on the abdominal and pelvic muscles can put pressure on your bladder, causing leakage. Exercising and going to the gym is one of the activities that can cause accidents. You might find that lifting heavy objects and other activities such as coughing can cause leaks.
Stress incontinence can be managed with incontinence pads or pants with a low absorbency rating. The incontinence market offers products that are very discreet and will maintain your dignity. You can wear these with your normal underwear. You can purchase incontinence products that are anatomically shaped to fit either a women’s or a man’s body. These give you protection where you need it most and are available in a range of sizes and absorbencies. The Tena for Men range features for levels to choose from, ranging from light to moderate incontinence protection. They are specially engineered to fit a male anatomy and provide discretion. iD for Men is a similar range of pads specially designed for men.
If you feel your stress incontinence is moderate to heavy, you might prefer to choose a product that can replace your regular underwear. Just like the selection of pads available, you can find pants that are specifically designed to fit either a women’s or a man’s body, or a unisex product. Pull up pants are available in a range of sizes and absorbencies. The Tena Men Active Fit Pants Plus are perfect as a protective product for moderate to heavy stress incontinence. You mention have an active lifestyle, and these pants are designed for users with busy day to day lives. They are designed with a soft stretch material that allows freedom of movement, with a waistband for additional comfort.
Most incontinence stores will offer you sample orders so you can try these products before ordering frequently. In addition to visiting online shops, you can talk to your GP and visit the NHS for further information.
In the meantime, you can visit our blogs on stress incontinence to find some more tips and advice.
Best of luck for the future!