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Until recently, male incontinence was a condition that has been rarely spoken about in the media, in the workplace or even amongst friends. Such is the stigma surrounding male incontinence, men with the condition can often feel fearful of leaving the house without knowledge of proper waste disposal facilities in place at their destination. This can lead to missed days at work, declined invitations and a negative impact on the sufferer's mental health.
To help break the stigma and raise awareness of incontinence in men, Lewis Moody MBE joined our ‘Stalls for All’ campaign in November 2022. Launched in partnership by Initial Washroom Hygiene and charity Bladder & Bowel UK, the campaign is working to deliver ‘washroom dignity’ for everyone regardless of age, gender or need, by ensuring that they have access to adequate washroom facilities.
The 'Stalls for All' campaign calls for new legislation to make the provision of sanitary waste disposal facilities in all male, female, and gender neutral public washrooms mandatory, to support those suffering from continence-related issues
"Suffering with incontinence was debilitating, but even more so was the taboo that surrounded talking about ‘toilet problems’ and the lack of sanitary waste facilities available.
"I was at the height of my career when I started experiencing problems. At first, I found it too embarrassing to speak to my teammates, friends and family about what I was going through, but when I did I felt more at ease and able to deal with it.
"Sadly people often think incontinence only affects older people, but it can affect people as young as 10. So it’s important that we create an environment where sufferers feel comfortable sharing their experiences and accessing the support they need. I hope this campaign ignites a nationwide conversation and helps to break down the stigma around incontinence."
Our research was undertaken by Opinium on behalf of Initial Washroom Hygiene. The survey sample was over 900 UK male adults. The survey was carried out online between 11th-12th April 2022.
Despite common views that incontinence is typically associated with older men and women, new research from Initial Washroom Hygiene reveals a higher figure of young UK males aged 18-34 are suffering compared to those over the age of 35.
Half of sufferers (50%) are even afraid to leave their homes and are unwilling to discuss their condition with close friends or family.
Nearly three in ten (29%) male incontinence sufferers have admitted that they have been forced to carry a used incontinence pad in their bag or coat due to a lack of sanitary waste disposal facilities.
According to NHS England, an estimated 14 million people in the UK suffer with bladder problems and an estimated 6.5 million adults suffer with bowel problems.
When faced with a washroom with a lack of sanitary waste disposal facilities, incontinence sufferers are left with the limited choice of attempting to flush their used items down the toilet or to continuing to carry their items around in public. For men, these items can range from shields to specially designed pants or pads.
Ensure your washrooms provide a dignified experience for users by making sure that sanitary waste bins are placed in all washroom toilet cubicles, male, female and gender neutral.
Initial’s Male Sanitary Bin fits into all male washroom cubicles, saving the user from embarrassment and giving them greater confidence upon future visits.
By placing a Male Sanitary Bin into your male washrooms, you help to remove the stigma surrounding male incontinence and make your washroom accessible to all.
Learn more about our sanitary bin services for men
Male incontinence is a condition that isn't often spoken about. Despite this, it affects a significant portion of society.
Lewis Moody MBE joins Initial's 'Stalls for All' campaign and shares his experience of bowel incontinence.