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Incontinence guards for men – how often should you change them?

When you’re dealing with incontinence, it’s important to have the right products. But it’s just as important to make sure you’re using those products in the right way. TENA guards for men have a discreet, masculine design and offer great protection against leakage and odors. And as for usage, here are some straightforward answers about how often to change guards, how to treat skin irritation, and how often you should change your guard at night.

How many times should you change your guard?

Generally speaking, 3-5 changes per day. But this may vary, depending on factors like the condition of your skin, the amount of leakage you experience, and the kind of male incontinence product you’re using. The main thing is to always change your incontinence product before it exceeds the absorption capacity. This helps to prevent accidental leaks and helps avoid skin hygiene issues that can lead to bad odors, dermatitis, and infections.
Your guard should be individually suited to your needs. Be sure to choose the right size, absorption level, and type of guard, and make sure you get a close and comfortable fit in the groin area. TENA offers a wide range of male guards designed for different needs, lifestyles and absorbency levels.
TENA Men Guards Level 1 and Level 2

TENA guards for men

Stay dry and in control, day and night. Designed for a snug, comfortable fit, with excellent protection.

Why do some men change dry guards?

While all TENA absorbent products offer comfort and odor control, each person is different, and some men – especially those with an active lifestyle – may choose to change guards more often.
Even if the guard isn’t really wet, you might want to change it now and then to feel crisp and fresh. Do what feels best. Just remember, when changing guards, to keep the skin in your perineal area clean and protected with the right products.

How do you avoid skin irritation?

Extended exposure to moisture can cause skin breakdown, which is why it’s important to change your leakage guard before it gets too full. If irritation does develop, first wash the skin, then dry it. When the area is clean and dry, apply a barrier cream to help protect skin from excess moisture that could cause irritation. If the irritation continues, consult your doctor.

What about changing incontinence guards at night?

Nighttime is a different story. A good night’s sleep is incredibly important to every man’s health, and your incontinence product should help with that, not interrupt it.
For more comfortable sleep, the key is greater absorbency. For example, TENA Men Super Guard can help you stay dry, confident and in control, both day and night.

You’re not alone

Male incontinence is extremely common and normal, and yet it’s still accompanied by stubborn social stigmas. At TENA we’re working hard to challenge these negative perceptions and improve acceptance. If you have incontinence but haven’t seen a doctor, remember that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. Confiding in someone close to you can also be an enormous relief.
Finally, by using the right products, you’ll be prepared to handle daily challenges without worrying about leaks. And when it comes to how often to change incontinence guards, remember to A, always change them before they get too wet, and B, keep your genital area dry, clean, and protected – for healthier skin and better control.