How to Choose Incontinence Pads for Men

How to Choose Incontinence Pads for Men

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Incontinence is the accidental or unintentional passing of urine. It affects millions of people worldwide, and you might be more familiar with female incontinence pads. But for men who suffer from incontinence, what are the options? Fortunately, there are a number of products that will help you keep your confidence throughout the day, keeping leaks at bay and looking discreet. The easiest and simplest way to go about your day uninterrupted is with men’s incontinence pads. These are small absorbent pads worn inside underwear that help catch leaks when you can't get to the toilet. They're discreet and comfortable so they don't show through clothing. If you’re at all worried about incontinence then speak to your GP, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Here you’ll find out about men’s incontinence pads, when to use them and some different options available to you.

What Types of Incontinence Pads Are Available for Men?

There are two types of pads available for men. They are disposable and reusable. Disposable pads are usually smaller than regular adult pads so they fit better into underpants. Reusable pads are larger and more like adult pads. Both types come in different sizes and colours.

The first thing you'll need to do is choose an incontinence pad that's right for you. You want one that fits comfortably under your clothes, doesn't leak and absorbs moisture well. If it's too bulky, it won't fit properly and if it does leak, it may be uncomfortable and could cause irritation.

How Do I Choose Which Type of Pad to Buy?

The best choice depends on how often you leak, how much leakage occurs and whether you have an underlying medical condition.

Mens incontinence pads could be reusable or disposable.

They contain two layers; one layer being a thin absorbent pad and another layer containing a barrier film to prevent leakage. This is because all-in-ones are designed to sit below your waistband and are meant to act as a full body protection.

All-in-ones also have the advantage of being easy to use. Simply pull them out of the packaging, put them into your pants and voila! No more leaking.

There are also disposable and reusable incontinence pads. Disposable incontinence pads are simply thrown away after each use. Reusable ones will last longer and require less frequent replacement.

Disposable incontinence pads are usually made of paper or cotton and are designed to protect against light liquid spills only. However, most aren't suitable for heavy wetting due to their low absorption capacity but they can be much more comfortable than all in ones. If you need better protection, look for incontinence pants. These products will have a thicker pad contained within a disposable set of underpants so you can be sure that you won’t experience any leaks.

Reusable incontinence pads are often made of microfibres which allow fluid to pass through while keeping bacteria at bay. They're made of polyester, rayon or bamboo and can be machine washed.

What Are the Best Incontinence Pads for Men?

You might be tempted to use women's incontinence pads because they're more readily available. But you can actually get incontinence pads specifically designed for men. Hopefully we don't need to explain exactly why, let's just say it comes down to how they fit.

When choosing the right incontinence pad, it comes down to how much leaking you're experiencing as different pads will give you different levels of protection. For light leaks, choose the Tena Level 1 Protector which is great for light bladder weakness. It's super thin and discreet, though all Tena products are, so you can head out into the day with confidence. No matter what happens, you'll be protected.

For heavier leaks or more peace of mind, choose the Level 2 Protector. This pad is slightly thicker than Level 1 but still fits snugly and won't draw any attention. You get secure protection and each pad is individually packaged and wrapped so if you need to dispose of it discreetly, you can.

Now, in an ideal world you'll never be too far away from a toilet or bin so you can relieve yourself or dispose of your incontinence pads. But that's not always the case. You shouldn't need to change your lifestyle because of incontinence. So Tena created Tena Active Pants. Instead of fitting a pad inside your existing underwear, you can wear these instead. They fit just like your most comfortable pair of underpants with all the support you'd expect. And you can wear them all day, they're fit to cope with a lot more leaking than just pads. They're super absorbent and at the end of the day you can just dispose of them like you would a normal incontinence pad. That means they're great for more severe cases of incontinence. Off for a long run? Got a heavy gym session? Long day in the office? Whatever you've got ahead of you, Tena Active Pants will hold the leaks in. Just choose them in your normal underwear size.

You should use incontinence pads instead of panty liners because they trap moisture and keep it away from your skin. You should generally dispose of used incontinence pads straight away, but for any reason if that isn't possible at least a pad will feel dry to the touch. Whereas a moist liner could rub or damage your skin.

Can Male Incontinence Be Cured?

Yes it can, and you shouldn't be embarrassed by it. Get personal advice from your GP, they'll be able to recommend the best way to deal with your incontinence.

The most important thing to remember with male incontinence is that despite the inconvenience of leaks, there are products to help you. There's no need to suffer in silence or make do with inferior products. After all, you deserve to feel confident and at your best.

You should always speak to your GP with anything that concerns you, they'll be able to suggest self-help methods of relieving symptoms.