Posted on 18/06/2017

Male incontinence: the unspoken subject

Male incontinence: the unspoken subject

Although 1 in 4 people have encountered bladder or bowel instability, incontinence still remains a tricky subject to approach – especially with men.

We’ve all seen the TV commercials and glossy print ads featuring a confident woman breezing through her everyday routine thanks to the slim line pad hidden in her pants. It seems incontinence in women is well covered territory; but what about men living with the same issue?

Getting the word out about male incontinence

On average, men wait 4.2 years after experiencing bladder control issues before seeing a healthcare professional, with a range of excuses for not seeking help sooner. Many try to make light of the situation and tell themselves it’s just another part of growing older – but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Male incontinence is no laughing matter and we feel it’s important to raise awareness of the treatments and products available today which enable those with the condition to continue living confidently and independently. The design of continence wear for men and women, particularly within the last few years, has evolved significantly, making the condition much more discreet.

Advancing technology has also made living with incontinence easier through such solutions like toilet apps which are available on your handheld devices and give you peace of mind when out shopping or traveling to new places etc.

The way forward

It may be daunting to think about at first, but speaking about male incontinence is the first vital step to making the subject more approachable. Sharing your experiences with a doctor or family member can help set you on the path to diagnosis, which will help you get the support you need to live more confidently with your condition. We recently spoke to a lovely man called Steve, who explained what it's been like living with Ulcerative Colitis since he was just 14 years old in the hope of encouraging other men to come forward and get the treatment they need for their incontinence.

In support of World Continence Week 2017 we’ve put together a short guide to male incontinence dealing with the types, causes and how to deal with the symptoms so you can continue living independently.

Please feel free to share this on your social media so we can help end the awkwardness and make this largely unspoken subject heard!

View our Male Incontinence Guide

Men's Incontinence Guide cover

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