Living with urinary incontinence after prostate cancer treatment
Prostate cancer is known as the silent killer because it often has no symptoms until it has progressed enough to be deadly. But it also flies under the radar of public awareness because many men don't feel comfortable talking about it, in particular the long-term side effects of treatment, which can include urinary incontinence and impotence.
So we were delighted when one of our US customers got in touch, volunteering to appear in a series of videos endorsing our washable incontinence underwear for men.
As a prostate cancer survivor, he felt that more men needed to be aware that Confitex incontinence underwear for men are ideal for managing the bladder leakage that often follows prostate cancer treatment. For many men, initial heavy urinary incontinence is followed by an extended period of light-to-moderate bladder leaks. That's when they find our comfortable, discreet reusable leakproof underwear for men useful for allowing them to get on with life without worrying about continually buying and disposing of single-use male urinary incontinence products such as guards and shields.
How did it feel to come out of your prostate cancer surgery (prostatectomy) three years ago and realise you were going to have bladder leakage and dribbling?
I was leaking quite a bit and it’s very frustrating to leak urine, you know. You don’t expect that in your 60s, you’d be incontinent, then you start leaking and it’s just not fun. At the beginning it’s just always there and you’re afraid to leak and it’s an uncomfortable feeling that you don’t have control over your bodily systems that you used to have great control over.
What’s it like living with urinary incontinence as a side effect of prostate cancer treatment?
At the very beginning you constantly have to go to the bathroom. I was meeting my friends for dinner one night and I had to plan out where the closest bathrooms were, so I would leave my house and I would plan where’s the closest bathroom and I would stop at the first restaurant and go to the bathroom, get back in my car, stop at a Dunkin Donuts to go to the bathroom, and then eventually go and meet my friends at the restaurant and go to the bathroom right away.
How would you describe your urine leakage three years after surgery?
My leakage now is not very often but it seems to be a little bit worse at night. Every once in a while I’ll still just spontaneously leak. If I yawn or if I clear my throat occasionally I might leak. But I leak consistently much less than I used to. I’m three and a half years out but every once in a while I do still leak.
In your experience, what is the best male urinary incontinence product for bladder leaks?
I’ve been using the Confitex underpants for probably about a year and a half now and they’ve really changed my life because I feel like I just wake up, put on the Confitex underwear early in the morning, go about my day, live my life, at the end of the day take them off, put them in the laundry with the rest of my dirty laundry, wash them and reuse them again.
If you have had a great experience with Confitex incontinence briefs for men let us know in confidence on email@example.com
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