Being a women’s health expert, I usually focus on a woman’s experience with medical issues. However, a friend recently told me about her elderly, yet vibrant dad and his management of urge incontinence. Some people focus on the positive and find humor in even the most uncomfortable of problems. That is what my friend’s father does. She told me he calls his Always Pads: Pee Pants. And, that is exactly what they are for him.
His incontinence issue isn’t severe enough to warrant a full pant and the pads seem to be working just fine for him. They are less cumbersome and, he says, make him feel less like an invalid.
My friend trusts my medical advice and often asks me questions about health conditions, medications and products. Not much I could say to her about this except to be glad that her Dad found something that works and that he didn’t feel embarrassed to buy. In fact, he believes that the cashier assumes that he is buying the pads for someone else and that he is just a sensitive guy that can handle purchasing menstrual protection products. You gotta love that attitude (remind me to blog about my husband’s attitude and experience purchasing period products I needed once).
The reason that I am writing about this is so that others may get some ideas of alternative ways to manage male incontinence. Of course, all types of incontinence, regardless of whether it is a woman or man experiencing it, are best managed by seeing a health care professional first to understand why this is occurring. Once the diagnosis is made then options for management can be determined. Just so you know, my incontinence mantra is: INCONTINENCE IS NOT A NATURAL PART OF AGING! In fact, I read that incontinence is one of the more difficult aspects of managing senior parents. Nice when it doesn’t have to be overbearing for the caregiver or the care receiver.
Below is a link to the Always Maxi LeakGuard Plus Super Odor lock that my friend’s dad uses.