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male incontinence: how to manage it

by Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD

Male incontinence can be hard to deal with—the inability to control urine is one of the most unpleasant and distressing problems from which a person can suffer, often causing isolation, depression and physiological problems.

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Men's anatomy poses particular problems for control systems but we have found several innovative male incontinence products to help solve them including condom catheters, male incontinence clamps and complete male incontinence systems.

afex™ Male Incontinence System

Until afex™ was developed there were few truly effective methods that men found satisfactory. The systems required too much maintenance and required it too frequently to allow men any real degree of confidence or freedom. Many were unable to undertake long distance travel or engage in physical activities, which added to their feelings of incapacity.

Arcus Medical began its research over two years ago when John Miskie, a prostate cancer survivor who was frustrated by existing methods of incontinence control, turned to his son, Mark Miskie, to design a better male urinary incontinence device. Using necessity as a motivator, they developed what we know today as afex™ - an adhesive-free external collection system that works without maintenance for up to twelve hours and is convenient, liberating and cost effective.

afex™ has been extensively field tested before coming to market and has received enthusiastic accolades from all of its users. Patients who have used the product report very high levels of satisfaction.

Gee Whiz™

Gee Whiz™ silicone condom catheter sets are ideal for men with male incontinence. The GeeWhiz™ Condom Catheter is placed on the outside of the penis instead of having a tube inserted through the urethra. It is known as an external condom catheter and sometimes is referred to as a condom sheath, or simply a sheath. 

Dribblestop® Urinary Incontinence Kit

The Dribblestop® Male Urinary Incontinence Clamp is an external penile clamp that gently applies pressure to the top of the penis, as well as the urethra on the underside to effectively control bladder leakage. The entire penile clamp is made of lightweight plastic and high quality, medically approved foam that does not absorb liquid. The result is a soft, natural feel—this penile clamp is so small and comfortable, (3 inches long by 1/2 inch wide) you won't even notice it's there!

Our store has a full line of incontinence underwear, pads and other traditional male incontinence supplies. Before you shop, you might want to walk through our Incontinence Products Buying Guide.

Urinary incontinence in men can cause depression, isolation and a loss of interest in activities. We urge men with incontinence to try several of these products until you find one that works for you. 

Posted April 2006
Updated August 2011

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