Information about the different types and causes of male incontinence plus how they affect men and how they can be treated.
Today, we are all used to sharing. We share photos and videos on social media, while annual awareness initiatives like Movember encourage people to share their experiences around different health issues. But even though more people are now speaking up, the issue of male incontinence is still shrouded in silence. To help start the conversation, we have put together some useful tips and a conversation guide for pharmacists to get your customers talking about male incontinence. We have also collected some support information to share.
Studies show that 1 in 4 men suffer from some form of incontinence. This can be caused by an enlarged or inflamed prostate (prostatitis), diabetes, diuretic medication or surgery. In fact, 70% (2) of men experience incontinence after prostate surgery, while 40% (3) have trouble controlling their bladder after radiotherapy. But even with all this evidence showing how common male incontinence is, only 4% (4) of men ask for help.
At TENA, we have been helping people manage incontinence for over 60 years, so we understand how hard it can be for men to ask for help. But we also understand the risks if they don’t ask – skin health issues, depression, withdrawal, even long-term care. With TENA showing men that incontinence protection has moved on, and initiatives like Movember proving that attitudes around male health issues are changing, hopefully more men will realise that there is a whole world of support out there for them. All they have to do is ask.
1. Based on survey conducted by Essity in 2012, with men over 40 in the US, UK, Germany, Italy,Russiaand Mexico by Essity. Data on file not published.
4. Source: 1.EngströmG., Walker-EngströmM.,LööfL.,LeppertJ. Prevalence of three lower urinary tract symptoms in men—a population-based study. Family Practice. February 2003. p 7-10.