Bladder Problems and Incontinence In Men

Incontinence in Men

When discussing bladder problems, conversation around the topic is usually reserved for women. However, bladder issues can also affect men, most notably those over the age of 60. As men age, the muscles around the bladder begin to weaken, and a host of problems can present themselves if left unchecked. Fortunately, the warning signs are visible ahead of time and there are measures that men can take earlier on in life in order to prevent bladder issues and incontinence. This article will help you identify these warning signs so that you may take preemptive measures towards better health.

The urinary tract system is a complicated place. Kidneys, nerves, muscles, and the prostate have to work in unison to eliminate urea, urine and other waste that the body produces. For men, a blockage can occur when damage is done to any part of the urinary tract system, explained here in detail.

Each day the kidneys filter out about 120 to 150 quarts of blood to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine. A healthy urinary tract is important because it filters extra fluid from the bloodstream, helping to make red blood cells strong. It also keeps bones strong by keeping electrolyte levels stable.

Overactive Bladder

One of the problems that can begin early in life is an overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is characterized by a constant urge to urinate, difficulties controlling flow, bladder leaks and nighttime urination. According to a report by Bel Marra Health, nearly 30 percent of the 33 million Americans that live with an overactive bladder are men.

Overactive bladder most commonly presents itself early on in a young child’s life when he wets the bed. This can be caused by simply drinking too many fluids before bedtime. Other times it may be caused by weak muscles – precisely the muscles that control the stoppage of urine. If you know the male side of your family is genetically predetermined to experience issues relating to the prostate, you may have experienced overactive bladder or nocturia as a child. An all natural way to remedy this is by strengthening your core and also by doing kegel exercises. Learning to control nocturia may be as simple as drinking less fluids before bed, and training your body to “hold it in” until you wake up in the morning.

However, if the cause of your overactive bladder is an enlarged prostate, then you may need to seek more serious medical options. When in your teens, 20’s and 30’s it is best to stay ahead of the problem by strengthening your core and becoming the master of your own bladder.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

There are two periods in a man’s life in which his prostate will grow: one during early puberty, and another during a man’s mid 20’s. Enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. BPH does not increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, nor does it affect a man’s ability to father children however the warning signs can be symptomatic of a weak urinary tract area.

Some of the problems commonly associated with BPH are:

  • Weak urine stream
  • Dribbling (not being able to fully start or stop control when urinating)
  • A sense that your bladder is not completely empty even after you urinate

For a list of natural remedies for BPH click here. Some of the other treatments for BPH (and urinary incontinence in general) include:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Practice starting and stopping urine flow – this will strengthen your muscles at the base of your core
  • Avoid high caloric foods, including fats and sugars
  • Lose weight – there is a direct correlation between the extra weight on your midsection and excess pressure put on your bladder
  • Schedule toilet trips – go before you have to go, not when your body is putting pressure on you to go. Remember, it’s about being in control!

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors including weak or damaged bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, nerve damage or kidney damage.

Different types of urinary incontinence exist, including stress, urge, and overflow incontinence. These different types are explained here in more detail. The first step in addressing urinary incontinence is to talk with your health-care provider. The tips given above should help get you started, and will oftentimes be the first piece of advice a health care provider will issue.

However, if you have been suffering with incontinence for a longer period of time (i.e. months and years, not weeks) you may speak to your urologist or general health care provider about one of these options:

  • Physical examination – which will give your doctor a general idea about the size of your prostate and any nerve damage in the surrounding area
  • EEG and EMG – in order to measure nerve activity and muscular activity
  • Ultrasound and Transrectal Ultrasound – to get a better picture of your abdomen, bladder and kidneys
  • Urodynamic Testing – to test the strength of your sphincter control mechanism

If you or a loved one have urinary incontinence, and these above tips seem to be yielding no beneficial result, then you may have need for incontinence products. If you’ve been battling with incontinence for months and years, then it may be time to switch from disposables over to incontinence briefs.

Stress Incontinence Affects A Large Number of Women


Stress incontinence is something that many women all over the globe, both young and old suffer from or are susceptible to. Did you know that more than half of women in America who are over the age of 50 suffer from accidental urine leakage? These women tend to be embarrassed and ashamed of their disorder, being afraid to leave their house in case an accident happens while they are out. Luckily, there is a non-surgical cure for stress incontinence sufferers through the use of female incontinence products.

What is Stress Incontinence?

Stress incontinence is a manageable condition where urine leakage occurs when the sufferer coughs, sneezes, or laughs due to added abdominal pressure coupled with weak bladder muscles. Although it is rarely discussed, female incontinence is much more prominent than people assume it to be. It can severely affect a women’s quality of life as she feels she is restricted in activities that were once enjoyed such as exercise, sex, and partaking in social get-togethers,

Although men suffer from incontinence issues as well, women are twice as likely to have this bladder condition due to weakened muscles as a result of:

  • Having gone through childbirth
  • Going through or have gone through menopause
  • Are overweight
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Have had pelvic surgery in the past
  • Are enduring pregnancy

Stress incontinence goes widely unmanaged for the simple fact that women are embarrassed by it. Through various medical examinations, stress incontinence can be easily diagnosed and then managed. Your health care provider will perform various exams on you in order to properly diagnose you, such as:

  • Cystoscopy to look inside the bladder
  • Pad weight test
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal ultrasound
  • X-rays to look at kidneys and bladder

Quality Female Incontinence Products To The Rescue

Thankfully for women, there are incontinence panties available on the market which help to relieve the embarrassment associated with accidental and unwanted urine leakage. Our incontinence panties are uniquely engineered to collect and absorb urine leakage through a thin absorbent pad built into the panties themselves. These undergarments are no thicker than average cotton panties and boast all sorts of beneficial features for incontinence sufferers such as:

  1. Absorbent: Are suitable for light to heavy incontinence
  2. Easy to care for: are reusable and machine washable
  3. They look like regular panties and comine the same sizes
  4. Are economical, being able to be worn up to 300 times

Wearever incontinence panties provide daytime protection against urinary leakage, providing women with peace of mind that their leak won’t seep through or show on their clothes. The panties boast a permeable top layer which is designed to pull moisture under the top layer into the lower absorbent layer thus away from your skin keeping you dry. 

Exercises Help With Stress Incontinence

Along with using  incontinence panties, women can better the symptoms of stress incontinence through partaking in a variety of daily exercises and training in order to strengthen the muscles around the bladder. Some pelvic floor muscle training that can be done in the comfort of your own home are:

  • Kegel exercises: keeps the muscle around the urethra strong
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Yoga and Pilates to strengthen abdominal muscles
  • Women who are pregnant and prone to stress incontinence should partake in kegel exercises during pregnancy

Through strengthening and targeting these muscles, you can reduce and even prevent leakage issues associated with incontinence. Remember that bettering incontinence takes time and patience and with the proper absorbent undergarments in conjunction with daily muscle exercises, symptoms will lessen dramatically

Practice Proper Posture to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

proper posture

Kegels are a popular way for people to strengthen pelvic floors, and when practiced correctly, can be very effective. However, an easier exercise anyone can do to reduce incontinence symptoms is practicing proper posture.

Sitting up straight and aligning your body vertically helps to effectively support the pelvic floor and maintain the appropriate amount of muscle tension.

Are you intrigued, but not sure what proper posture looks like? When sitting down, look for a chair or seat that keeps your hips higher than your knees. Often, this can be achieved by simply sliding forward in the seat.

Next, you’ll want to place your feet either shoulder width distance apart or stagger them one in front of the other. Avoid crossing your legs, which increases hamstring tension and can misalign your pelvis.

Finally, roll forward on your pelvis until you feel pressure on your pubic bone. The pressure on your pubic bone signals your body’s neutral spine or natural balance point.

With these quick fixes, you can experience the confidence and comfort of proper posture as well as fewer bladder leaks.

Incontinence Supplies That Help You Get Your Life Back

How Incontinence Can Affect Daily Life


Urinary incontinence, commonly referred to as UI,  is something that is a daily inconvenience and a constant struggle for those who have it. With the appropriate incontinence supplies, involuntary leakage of urine can be managed and dealt with. The unwanted annoyance of urine leakage can severely affect the social lives of those who suffer from it which in turn can lead to self-confidence issues along with a feeling of hopelessness.

Urinary Incontinence Causes Disturbances in Lifestyle

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a bladder control issue that:

  •  Happens to nearly one in four women world-wide
  • Affects a figured 15 million adult females in the United States
  • Affects nearly 25 million Americans and over 200 million individuals globally
  •  Is the result of an overactive bladder and is most prevalent in women who have had children, are pregnant, or are menopausal which explains why there are more female sufferers than male ones

Although urinary incontinence is non-life threatening and is by no means an indication that you are unhealthy, it is still an inconvenience that has emotional side effects resulting in a lack of quality of life. For those who once enjoyed exercise and daily work-outs may find themselves no longer able to enjoy these activities due to urine leakage when pressure and stress is applied to the abdominal area. As a result, sufferers tend to me less active and less social for the simple fact that they fear leakage may occur

Urinary Incontinence and Self Esteem Issues

Self-image along with confidence and happiness is compromised when you can no longer enjoy activities that you once previously enjoyed partaking in such as exercises that put added pressure on your abs. Those who are affected may be embarrassed when an accident happens due to urine stains and a fear that people around them may smell an odor. This can result in social isolation, being afraid that those around you may notice or make commentary.

Incontinence can also severely affect:

– Sleeping cycles which can make you feel exhausted come morning time, leaving you with limited energy to enjoy your day

–  Has the power to limit your ability to do activities leaving you feeling stray and alone

– Your wardrobe: you may feel confined to certain outfits thus limiting clothing options

The Wearever Line of Incontinence Supplies

At Wearever, we are happy to bring our customers quality products that will help with incontinence in a simple non surgical fashion.

Our line of incontinence products include:

Incontinence Briefs

  • Our line of incontinence briefs for men boast superior permeable and protective layers that aid in absorbing leaks. They come in various fits and styles along with sewn-in Unique-Dri pads and odor-eliminating so that you can feel fresh, clean and dry all day long. They are also an investment into your quality of life in that leakage as a result of exercise, coughing, laughing or sneezing will no longer be a worry in the back of your mind.

Incontinence Panties

  • Wearever incontinence panties for women are designed to give you your freedom, confidence, and quality of life back. They are completely discreet, having the thinness and fit of a standard panty but having the absorption of a pad. These undergarments feature sewn-in Unique-Dri pads which trap in liquid leaks where they are absorbed and instantly treated with odor eliminating antimicrobial fibers. Best of all, these panties are durable, lasting for up to 250 washes before having to be discarded making them a lucrative and economical investment both money-wise and well-being wise.

Incontinence Bed Pads

  • Incontinence bed pads are another beneficial product designed for sufferers. These bed pads are manufactured with absorbent materials in conjunction with a waterproof liner, allowing your mattress and/or furniture to stay dry when a leak occurs. Our bed pads are entirely washable and reusable making them a very economical option for those with incontinence problems. Each model is designed to bear leaks and prevent wetness from seeping through.


Incontinence-Friendly Recipe of the Month: Bacon-Wrapped New Potatoes


Are you planning a fun neighborhood barbeque or summer bash soon? Keep the grill hot and get ready for your mouth to water over these bacon-wrapped new potatoes. Particularly for those with incontinence, there are many identified ingredients that can make symptoms worse. This recipe avoids those known irritants to help diminish bladder leakage, while still packing delicious, summer flavor!


15 small new potatoes

5 slices bacon

1 (1 oz.) package ranch dressing mix

15 toothpicks


  1. Cut bacon strips into thirds
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill on low heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grate.
  4. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Sprinkle the potatoes with the powdered ranch dressing mix.
  6. Place the wrapped potatoes on the grill, turning the potatoes several times to allow the bacon to cook on all sides.
  7. The potatoes will be done when the bacon is crispy, approximately 20-25 minutes.

By using smaller potatoes and ever-popular bacon, this will create a side dish that’s sure to deliver delicious flavor with minimal prep work. Enjoy summer evenings and this tasty dish as a compliment to grilled chicken or steak and veggies! Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

5 Things You Can Do to Ease Incontinence Symptoms


Here are five habits you can adopt to decrease symptoms of incontinence and get back to what’s most important to you!

  1. Quit smoking

Studies show bladder control problems are three times more likely to occur in women who smoke cigarettes than those who don’t smoke. Some believe the nicotine found in cigarettes can aggravate the bladder. Also, chronic coughing is a side effect of smoking, which can lead to bladder leakage.

  1. Create a diet that works for you

Foods such as dairy, caffeine and alcohol are known irritants for those with incontinence symptoms. In addition, despite being full of Vitamin C, the acid in citrus fruits makes them irritants for incontinence symptoms. Finally, it is recommended to limit sugar intake and carbonated drinks.

  1. Stay on top of your water intake

While it may be tempting to limit your fluid intake to avoid accidents, this actually only makes it worse. It’s recommended to consume between half an ounce and an ounce of water daily for each pound of weight. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, constipation and kidney stones.

  1. Watch the scale

Extra pounds put added pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which can contribute to incontinence issues. In addition, excess weight is associated with Type 2 diabetes, which can injure the nerves in the bladder and bowel areas.

  1. Find an exercise routine you enjoy

It doesn’t have to be an intense workout regimen, but even a 30-minute walk makes a difference and keeps your body active and flexible. Try to find a routine that makes sense for your lifestyle and mobility.

These small daily changes can make a huge difference in reducing the symptoms of incontinence. Which changes will you be making?

Feel More Confident with Wearever Incontinence Underwear


Big thanks to Melissa from Missy’s Product Reviews for her review of our Wearever Women’s Floral Fancy Incontinence Panties. We love the statistics about incontinence she provides and how Wearever products provide comfort and peace while she enjoys life.

“Over 25 million adults in the USA suffer from urinary incontinence and 80% are women which are why I wanted to introduce you to Wearever Incontinence. I also suffer from it but mostly when I sneeze or a cough but it is annoying to have to change my underwear multiple times a day as I just could not hold it and had an accident. There are times it is not easy to be able to change your underwear as you are at work or out shopping. Wearever makes men briefs and women’s panties that are washable over 200 times and not like wearing a diaper they are real underwear. I got the Floral Nylon Panties which offer an enhanced style and fashion with the same comfort and reliability you’ve grown to love over the years.

I found these fit me no problem and I had more confidence wearing these as I went to work or shopping as I was not afraid, embarrassed or paranoid I might leak. The layer of absorbance worked out just fine for me. They washed in my washer just fine and air dried them so they will not shrink as well.”

Visit the following link to read Melissa’s full review:

10 Tips To Stay Cool As The Temperature Rises


For many of us over the age of 65, it is harder to sense and respond to changes in temperature. That makes it much more important to have a game plan with summer heat waves on their way. Not to worry – we have 10 tips to help monitor your temperature to stay comfortable and safe!

  1. Drink lots of water

Besides being super refreshing on a hot day, water also helps your body function in its prime. Try to stay ahead of dehydration and don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water.

  1. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so it’s best to steer clear of these particularly during the warmer months.

  1. Eat lighter, seasonal foods

Fresh fruit and veggies are in abundance in the summer, so it’s the perfect time to pick out a colorful plate that will make your body feel good nutritionally and not get bogged down with heavier, hot foods.

  1. Use fans and circulate air

Creating a constant air flow throughout your home or work place helps it feel cooler. Turn on a ceiling fan, set up a box fan in a hallway and consider opening windows – depending on just how hot it is outside.

  1. Save your time outdoors for non-direct sunlight times

Try to time out your outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours to avoid the harshest temperatures in the middle of the day.

  1. Wear comfortable clothing

Avoid wearing heavy, dark or tight fabrics as they will make you feel warmer. Instead go for loose-fitting and light weight fabric options to help you stay cooler.

  1. Change your bedding

It’s not just your closet that may need some spring cleaning! Consider packing away heavier blankets and comforters in exchange for a lighter option to not overheat while you sleep.

  1. Get a haircut

Chop your hair for a cooler option, or consider ways to pin it up to get it off your neck to reduce the heat.

  1. Reduce appliance use

Lighten your use of the oven and stove in the kitchen, as they both emit heat that can make your home hot.

  1. Keep a few cool treats

Store fruit bars or popsicles in your freezer ready to help you cool down in the afternoon.

Also be mindful of the symptoms. If you or someone you love has symptoms such as muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting, see a doctor as soon as possible as these could be signs of heat-related illness.

Summer Slider Recipe


The weather is warming up and we can’t wait for the summer barbeques and backyard get-togethers! This simple slider recipe from Rachael Ray is the perfect finger food to please guests. And, it avoids irritants known to aggravate incontinence. The best news of all: it only takes about 30 minutes!


7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into thin strips

Salt and pepper

2 large bell peppers, cut into thin strips

2 onions, halved and thinly sliced

16 dinner rolls, split


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until rippling.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper, increase the heat to high and cook in the skillet for 3 minutes; flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the peppers and onions, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium high heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes.
  6. Place the roll bottoms on a large rimmed baking sheet and top each with the beef and vegetables. Bake about 3 minutes to get rolls warmed thoroughly.
  7. Transfer to a platter and cover with the roll tops.
  8. Enjoy!

Click here to learn more about how simple dietary changes can improve health and help ease urinary incontinence.

Wearever Adult Incontinence Products Can Improve Quality Of Life


Shame. Shame. Shame. Well… not anymore.

The thing you need to realize about urinary incontinence is that it’s a hidden condition. This is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not the only person in this world suffering from bladder issues; other people have it too. But it’s bad because no one talks about it.  And so you feel like you are the only person in the world with an incontinence condition.

Since most people with this condition would want as little people as possible to know that they have it, they keep it secret. Technology has allowed adult incontinence products to become so thin, so discrete, that you won’t even notice when your friends are wearing them. So what ends up happening is two people, both belonging to the same social group, ashamed to admit their hidden condition, do not know that the other is suffering from incontinence!

Quality Male & Female Incontinence Products

Today, male and female incontinence products have empowered people to live better lives. One need no longer feel embarrassment when going outside because the absorbent material can keep you dry all day. If you do have a leakage accident it will not be noticed by the people around you. When exerting yourself by exercising, dancing or laughing you no longer need to fear that your “secret” will be discovered. That’s how good these products have become. You’re able to wear them all day, in full confidence that your condition will not give you away.

Decades ago, individuals wearing adult incontinence products stuck out like a sore thumb. Disposable diapers and other products would bunch up and cluster around the waist. Even the most untrained eye could pick up on the fact that you had a noticeable bulk around your pants or knickers. Moreover, the female and male incontinence products of yesteryear did not have odor absorption materials…so if you had an accident on a crowded bus, the smell would make it known, and people would turn to you.

But perhaps it being a simpler time, this allowed for more interaction. If a group of seniors, for example, saw that one of their friends looked to be wearing incontinence wear, they might have been more motivated to open up about their own incontinence issues. So the fact that one could easily be spotted wearing incontinence products might one not feel so alone. But this is a farfetched idea.

Incontinence Awareness

What we need as a society is more dialogue and awareness around the issues surrounding bladder incontinence. The emotional burden of dealing with incontinence does not have to be carried alone. Nor do we need to go backwards in technology in order to feel closer to our peers. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people in the United States. A 2007 study done in the U.S. reported a cost-of-illness of $66 billion dollars (Source).

There’s no need to feel shame. Because chances are your neighbor, or best friend, or family member could be worried by incontinence issues too. Wearever attempts to bring such discussion to the forefront of society by providing resources on our blog and encouraging an open dialogue.

Wearever incontinence briefs, incontinence panties, and incontinence bed pads provide sturdy protection that you can rely on.