Some products may be used by both men and women; however some are specifically designed for use by men.  

Some men to prefer to wear an absorbent pant style initially and then phase these out and start using lighter, less absorbent pads that are worn inside regular close-fitting underwear (ie - not boxer shorts). Pad styles include “leaf” and pouch styles. Different pads and pants will also have different absorbency levels, so it is important to keep this in mind when buying them. 

Remember: Incontinence should always be assessed by a healthcare professional as many causes are reversible. Using pads and other incontinence aids should not be the first treatment option.

Types of absorbent pads for men

These include: 

Insert pads for men

These pads are worn inside close-fitting underwear. They are designed to manage urine leakage (not faecal/bowel leakage).

There are several different styles – some are relatively shorter and wider (more fig- leaf shaped), as shown below,

mens pads showing different absorbent levels

 whereas others are narrower and longer. 


Other styles are pouch like and will enclose the penis and scrotum.

pouch style mens pad  

Pull-up pants for men 

Not all pull-ups are not created equal. Styles designed specifically for men tend to be in the light-moderate absorbency category. 

Depending on the product company their range may include up to five different absorbency types of pull-ups. If more than four pull-ups are being used a day it may be that the absorbency level that has been chosen is insufficient to manage the volume of urine loss that is occurring. 

mens pull ups 

Male specific pull-up pants for light – to moderate leakage. Unisex styles are necessary if leakage is heavy.

Are there any other options rather than pants and pads? 

Condom drainage (uridome/penile sheath) 

Some men may prefer to use a uridome or condom drainage system. This consists of a sheath that is worn on the penis and is held in place by adhesive on the inside of the sheath, allowing it to fit securely around the penis. At the end of the sheath is a small spout, and this is connected to tubing attached to a leg bag. The urine passes through the spout, into the tubing and then into the leg bag, which needs to be emptied every 3-4 hours or so.

Image shows sheath attached to model of penis.

Image shows sheath attached to model of penis.

The sheaths come in different diameter and length sizes and must be fitted properly. A sizing guide will help to establish the correct size that will be most comfortable and most effective. Expert advice on selecting the correct size and applying the sheath will ensure that it will work efficiently and effectively.

Image shows the use of a sizing guide to determine correct size of uridome.

Image shows the use of a sizing guide to determine correct size of uridome.

Considerations when choosing products:

  • Is the leakage from the bladder, bowel, or both? If bowel leakage occurs, click here
  • Is the urine leakage slight (a few drops only)? - a liner or light shield pad may work well
  • Is the loss moderate? – a few tablespoons of leakage occur – try an insert pad
  • Is the loss severe – very little control or if you have a big gush of urine when you stand up or cough? – try a pull-up. 
  • Is the loss continual? – consider a uridome

Penile clamps (click here for more information on penile clamps)

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Kylie – parent of a child that wets the bed 

Kylie rang our service as she was concerned about her five-year-old daughter, Mia, who was wetting the bed. Kylie had tried limiting Mia’s drinks in the late afternoon and evening and was also getting up at night to wake Mia and take her to the toilet.

Our advisor explained that it may take children until they around 5 ½ years old before they gain bladder control during sleep. Kylie was advised to encourage Mia to drink well throughout the day and was cautioned against cutting out drinks in the afternoon and early evening. Kylie was discouraged from waking Mia at night to take her to the toilet. Kylie was provided with information on obtaining a referral from Mia’s doctor to a bedwetting clinic if Mia continues to wet the bed past 5 ½ years of age.

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Anastasiya’s story

“As a mum of two young children, I have experienced the joys of two pregnancies and postpartum recoveries. I was shocked after the birth of my first child to discover that my pelvic floor muscles had become weak. I sought advice from Bladder and Bowel Health Australia and learnt the importance of exercising these muscles. This knowledge helped, and because I was better informed second time around, I have now fully restored the dignity of my body and truly enjoyed the changes - and my motherhood. Thank you, Bladder and Bowel Health Australia, for informing young families about bladder and bowel health issues.” 

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Doreen – carer of her husband who has dementia 

Doreen was becoming exhausted caring for her husband Tom, who has dementia. Tom was not always making it to the toilet on time and needed his trousers to be changed several times a day. Every day Doreen was also washing bedlinen and the four towels that Tom was laying on at night as he was soaking through his pull-up pants. 

Tom was receiving a high-level Home Care Package, and Doreen was able to arrange with their provider for some of Tom’s package to be allocated to funding continence assessment and management.  

Our advisor went to Tom’s home and conducted a thorough continence assessment. A continence management plan was developed with input from Doreen, and appropriate incontinence aids and linen protection were organised. Doreen is relieved that Tom’s incontinence has reduced, and her washing load has lessened. Doreen is now confident that she can continue caring for Tom in their home. 

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Gary – experiencing leakage after his recent prostate surgery 

Gary met with one of our Bladder and Bowel Health advisors, as he was concerned about his urine leakage that was persisting after his radical prostatectomy five weeks earlier.   

Gary discussed his concerns with the advisor and was reassured that he was making good progress towards regaining bladder control. This reinforced the information he had received from his urologist. Gary was encouraged to switch to a smaller incontinence pad rather than continuing to wear the pull- up incontinence pants he had worn since his surgery. The advisor arranged some smaller pads for him to trial and provided details on where he could buy them close to his home. 

Gary was encouraged to drink plenty of fluid (particularly water) and to increase his fruit and vegetable intake to avoid constipation. Gary was uncertain if his pelvic floor muscles were working properly and he was referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Gary left the clinic in a brighter frame of mind, confident that he was improving and had clear strategies to further support his recovery.