This year, open up and talk during continence week.
This year, open up and talk during continence week. We encourage men, women and carers facing incontinence to share advice and learn from others — all in the name of removing the stigma surrounding incontinence and facing each day with more confidence.
Incontinence is a condition that isn’t spoken about enough – and this involuntary loss of urine and/or faeces is actually far more common than many of us think. Knowing more about it and understanding what works for different people is an important part of the condition.
While there are a few different types of incontinence, Stress Incontinence and Urge Incontinence are most common. Stress results from exercise, coughing, sneezing or laughing. It’s often due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Urge occurs from a sudden need to urinate without notice – happening if you’re unable to make it to the toilet in time.
Causes differ for men and women, with childbirth being a common cause for women and prostate cancer being a key cause for men. Find out more about the different causes for both men and women below.
Generally, men and women will both benefit from diet and exercise, Kegel strengthening, and importantly staying hydrated to ensure the bladder functions the best it can. Read more on the specific for men and women below.
From men, women and carers like you.
My story began on 7 December 2012 when I had 2 strokes. My life changed that day from being in control of my body to finding myself being incontinent. I am 71 now. I have confidence in wearing TENA pants. When I go out I know if I have leakage I will be dry and secure. Try the Pelvic exercises they do help- it’s just getting used to doing something different! Being confident in TENA products makes a world of difference. Enjoy life I know I do.
I experienced slight leakage after urinating which was more embarrassing and inconvenient than anything. Since using TENA Shields I just feel a lot more confident after going to the toilet in public.
My main problem came from radiation damage with anal cancer. This has left me with duo incontinence. Since then I have had amputation and now only have half of one leg and a bit of the other. I find the TENA pull up pants great. They have a lot of stretch so next time I will get one size smaller. The Tena pants are the best value and they neutralize odours. So if you need protection know TENA is there to help. You can also get wipes. So enjoy life don't let these silly unfortunate medical problems get you down.
After 22 months of stress incontinence post robotic prostatectomy, my only hope of coping with this particular pernicious form of reverse Chinese water torture is to have botox injected into my bladder. It’s not touted as a silver bullet but let's hope I can get some substantial relief even if it’s for a limited time. Everything else has been of little value viz exercises, medication, and acupuncture. My usage of TENA pads has been of great value in allowing me to cope physically and more importantly, psychologically.
I was born with severe autism and ADHD- that left me totally incontinent.
I had tried all of the similar products in the market, non could do the support as TENA does.
As I got older my bladder became weak and I needed to use a protective product. I was using pads then I received my TENA lady samples, and now I use TENA lady 95% of the time. I love the samples and get when I can I them on to other ladies to try, and I also tell them they can apply for their own sample. So thank-you TENA lady.
So I have a Kylee on the bed with a short sheet on top for her comfort then another square white pad Kylee type on top and that also with a 1/2 sheet on top also for comfort and double security. So if it is wet I just ask her to her to just slip it off and it’s not a problem, the machine washes it so it’s too easy for me and no problem. If not pulled off by her I just whip it off when she is in the bathroom and pop another white spare square one on the top with another 1/2 sheet on the top over it and she is none the wiser and it reduces the stress of embarrassment.... the best way I have found it works & for me too. Thanks TENA!
Use our product finder to identify the most suitable product based on the answers to a few questions about your condition – you’ll then be able to try a FREE sample.