Pharmacist and Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (MPSI)
It is estimated that approximately 350,000 people over the age of 40 are affected by bladder weakness in Ireland, with about 10% of men suffering from some form of urinary incontinence.
Patients, in particular men, do not often discuss urinary incontinence or seek out advice from their healthcare professional. In pharmacy, we offer an informal and approachable environment and we are freely available to discreetly discuss options to help improve the condition and its symptoms.
Seeking advice and support
Causes of urinary incontinence in men may vary but they can include illnesses such as diabetes or an enlarged prostate. Because of this, it’s important to consult your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any new symptoms.
The less drips, the less absorbent and the more drips, the higher the absorption.
It may not always be necessary to use medications to treat urinary leakage. Lifestyle measures such as spacing your fluid intake, restricting your caffeine or alcohol intake and use of lifestyle products can give control, confidence and independence back to your day.
The important message for patients who suffer from urinary leakage of any sort is to speak with your pharmacist or healthcare professional to find the best support for you.
Lifestyle products for daily management
When using lifestyle interventions, It is important to find the right product for you and your needs. Your pharmacist can help here, but as the patient is the centre of their care I like to ensure that they are educated in all aspects of their health. One product that can help is using Tena Men.
The most important feature is the depth of the pad, as this will determine how well the product meets their individual needs. Each pack of Tena Men contains a guidance level on the outside of the pack, which ranges from light to medium and high absorbency based on the number of drips. The less, drips the less absorbent and the more drips, the higher the absorption.
Once you have chosen the correct level, you can rest assured as the individually wrapped, high absorbency core which is dermatologically tested and equipped with unique odour control will ensure a comfortable fit enabling you to live full and free during daily activities.