Men and Incontinence
Incontinence has historically been such a taboo subject and even though in 2021 we are much better at discussing this health concern, men are still lagging behind the girls in open discussion.
The Continence Foundation of Australia state that urinary incontinence will affect 10% of Australian men.
There is a lot of marketing around woman’s incontinence as the females are more likely to be incontinence during younger to mid aged than men. Not only that but woman are the people that statistically are the ones buying the continence aides for their male family members.
I recall being in my late 20s and my sister-in-law and myself (both Nurses) walked into a conversation between our husbands and their dad. They were discussing my father in-laws prostate and light urinary leakage. We started to give some suggestions on management, but my very proud father-in-law got up said” I didn’t ask for you to join this conversation” and proceeded to leave the room.
He didn’t do this because of any other reason than it was uncomfortable for this 60-year-old man to discuss “down their problems with women”.
Times have changed, but we still have a long way to go.
It is also harder mentally for men to wear a pad. Women are more comfortable due to menstruating since being teens. Thankfully there are now several options of different “cricket Box” shaped pads for men’s protection.
Also, men often are not aware of the need to do pelvic floor exercises. However, amongst other problems, men can experience Post-Micturition incontinence, or After Dribble. After Dribble can be caused by weak Pelvic Floor, or by urine remaining in the urethra. Pelvic floor exercises or training can help in both the treatment and prevention of After Dribble. However, its important to stress that like the ladies, men should seek some guidance on how to train the pelvic floor.
Australian Urology Associates; Male urinary incontinence: mention Pelvic floor exercises as one of the treatment options for both Male Stress Urinary incontinence and Urge Urinary Incontinence.