Urinary incontinence products can just be a temporary strategy for incontinence problems for some people, intended to help them managed the problem until it can be addressed by means such as medication or possibly even surgery, yet for a great many other people, including those who may not be suitable candidates for either medication or surgery, or who actually might not want to undergo surgery, such products may end up being used over a very long term period.
Urethral inserts are one such form of incontinence product. Urethral inserts are narrow tubes which are made of various materials, usually silicone. They work by being placed very gently into the urethra (the tube which carries the urine) via a disposable applicator. The insert is able to create a seal at the neck of the bladder and thus stops leakage of the urine. However, while urethral inserts are available by prescription and are extremely affordable, costing less than $2 each, some doctors are reluctant to ever actually recommend their use to patients as they can be very impractical and women in particular find attempting to insert them to be an extremely uncomfortable task.
There are of course some urinary incontinence products which are specifically designed for men and men alone. One of these items is known as a urine drip collector. Urine drip collectors are essentially pads which are slipped over the penis in a manner not dissimilar to the way a glove is slipped over a hand. These pads are made with super absorbent material and can simply be disposed of following use. Urine drip collectors are widely available either in drug stores or on the internet and cost between one and two US dollars each.
Another kind of urinary incontinence product which has been specifically designed for use by men is known as an incontinence penile clamp. These are external devices which are made from various materials, usually soft foam, which wrap around the penis in such a manner that they are able to put pressure on the urethra and thus stop the flow of urine, but without interfering with blood flow. Incontinence penile clamps must be used with extreme care, however, and in the event of any kind of skin breakdown or swelling, a physician should be consulted immediately. Incontinence penile clamps are removed in order to empty the bladder and can be disposed of when soiled. They cost around ten dollars each from pharmacies, though sometimes a prescription may be needed.