It has been estimated that light incontinence affects over 30% of people over the age of 18 at some point in time in their lives. Obviously, this problem and the percentage affected increases with age.
For women, if you have had a few children, if you are overweight, if you are athletic, if you are a regular coffee drinker, if you have had a hysterectomy, or suffer from bladder infection, in all likelihood, you will experience light incontinence sooner or later. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 women suffer from the ocassional “spritz”, sometimes while laughing, or going over a speed bump or some such common daily activity. Many women use sanitary pads for protection, but these pads, not meant for this purpose, obviously are not the most appropriate.
As for men, with age, men too suffer ocassional bouts of mild incontinence. Alcohol, caffiene, overhydration, bladder irritation, certain medicines, prostate issues, urinary tract infections or blockages, bladder stones, can all be causes for mild to moderate incontinence.
What should be used under these circumstances are incontinence pads of various kinds that are available. These are not adult diapers (which are only for people with moderate to heavy incontinence), but smaller, lighter, more comfortable and completely discreet pads that will absorb the ocassional drop and keep you dry and odor-free.
For women, the pads are very similar to sanitary napkins in terms of putting it on, though they are quite different in design. The pictures below show what they look like and how they should be worn. These come in Normal, Extra and Plus depending on the level of incontinence.
For men, the mild incontinence products are probably nothing like anything you have seen before!
Depending upon how mild (or not), the incontinence, there are several kinds with variations from one brand to another (obviously this is a green field with a lot of fluidity in the design). The only common thing about these pads is that most of them dont work with a boxer type, loose-fitting underwear. So if you are the boxer type, you may want to change to a brief type underwear first.
For seriously mild incontinence (a drop every now and then), the following should work (Seni Man Active).
For slightly greater leakage, the one below should work (Seni Man Normal).
For men with sudden spritzes, but less than moderate incontinence, the super absorbent type (Seni Man Super) shown below should leave you feeling high and dry.
Remember, incontinence is a problem that is only mildly irritating if you can take care of it properly. However, do check with the doctor to ensure that there are no other serious underlying causes for your incontinence.
To buy light incontinence products, go here.