Urinary incontinence affects more men than the general public might think. While the condition is more common in women, of the 25 million Americans with urinary incontinence, an estimated 5 million of them are men. Although it is not considered a normal part of the aging process, it does affect more men over the age of 65 years old than younger men.
When the bladder’s sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold in urine, urinary incontinence can occur. In men, this is usually due to complications from prostate surgery or other cancer treatments, neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, spinal injuries or weak bladder muscles.
Being overweight or obese, heavy drinking, and smoking are all lifestyle choices that can also increase men’s risk for urinary incontinence.
There are three main types of incontinence:
If cancer or infection is involved, sometimes surgery is the best option to help relieve some of your incontinence symptoms. However, there are other treatments available as well, like certain medications, exercises and lifestyle changes. Treatment will depend on the type of urinary incontinence you have and how extreme your symptoms are.
When men suffer from incontinence, there are a number of products to choose from. Adult diapers, pads, and indwelling catheters are commonly chosen options. However, some of the best incontinence products for men include external catheters.
External catheters can be worn for a longer period of time, keeping men dry day and night. They are easy to use and can be self-applied (or easily applied by a caregiver). Plus, they are discreet and can be worn under clothing.
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, know that you are not alone. Men’s Liberty is a great alternative to a typical external catheter and can be used for all types of male urinary incontinence, whether you leak a little from stress incontinence or are dealing with complications from prostate surgery or neurological conditions. Males can regain their independence and confidence with our dependable, dignified option.
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