Vectair Systems campaigns for hygiene bins in mens toilets
Vectair Systems is taking the lead in encouraging establishments to provide hygiene waste bins in mens toilets, by spreading the word about the issues associated with urinary incontinence. It is taking inspiration from a recent initiative in Germany, led by the Federal Association of Prostate Self-Help (BPS) in association with the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga).
According to a study, more than five million men in Germany (12% of the male population) are suffering from urinary incontinence, especially after prostate surgery. However, less than two million of those dealing with the condition seek medical treatment. Click the link to read the current German legislation.
Urinary incontinence is a common and distressing problem which can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Men with urinary incontinence may have to wear special inlays which have to be changed frequently, however many men’s washrooms currently lack a discrete, safe and hygienic way to dispose of these.
The Federal Association of Prostate Self-Help (BPS) in Germany recognized this, and have proactively launched an initiative to promote the supply of hygiene bins in men’s toilets called the ‘Initative für Hygienebehälter in Herrentoiletten‘. It aims to help men suffering from urinary incontinence enjoy an active social life without barriers. Legislation was also passed in Germany in 2013 which instructed establishments to install at least one hygiene bin (incorporating a lid so waste is hidden) in each men’s washroom so that men can easily dispose of their hygiene waste.
According to the NHS, it is estimated that between three and six million people in the UK may have some degree of urinary incontinence, and many of these will be men. However, it is uncommon to see sanitary waste bins in men’s toilets around the UK.
So Vectair Systems – who, for more than three years has been in partnership with The Eve Appeal women’s cancer charity to raise awareness of women’s gynaecological cancers – is keen to support men and their equal need for suitable waste disposal in the washroom.
Vectair’s Femcare™ MVP sanitary disposal bin currently carries The Eve Appeal logo to increase awareness and encourage women to check for vital signs and symptoms of women’s cancers. It also helps to raise funds, as for every feminine hygiene unit ordered in the UK, 50p is given by Vectair to The Eve Appeal.
Jenny Eclair, comedienne and one of The Eve Appeal’s celebrity supporters, says: “Awareness of gynaecological cancers is really low because people are too embarrassed to discuss possible symptoms openly. A little nudge by spotting one of these The Eve Appeal stickers while in a private washroom really makes a difference.”
Paul Wonnacott, Managing Director, Vectair Systems says: “In the UK, 55 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day and 21 die. Despite these grim statistics, gynaecological cancers are neither a well-profiled nor a well-funded cause. Part of the problem is that women are too embarrassed to discuss gynaecological cancers. In the same way, men see urinary incontinence as a subject that is taboo, and so it often goes ignored.
“We have taken steps to help women and we would like to help men too. We hope that, through spreading the word about men’s washroom needs, we can encourage public places like hotels, restaurants and offices to provide a suitable and discreet solution for men’s sanitary waste.”
For anyone who would like to know more about urinary incontinence, Vectair has produced a ‘useful information’ document below.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT URINARY INCONTINENCE
Symptoms of incontinence – Around nine in every 10 people with urinary incontinence have either stress incontinence or urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence is when you leak urine when your bladder is put under extra sudden pressure, for example when you cough, sneeze, laugh, heavy lift, or do exercise.
Urge incontinence is when you feel a sudden and very intense need to pass urine and you are unable to delay going to the toilet. Your need to pass urine may be triggered by a sudden change of position, or even by the sound of running water.
Causes – Possible causes of stress incontinence can include damage to the urethra during childbirth, increased pressure on your tummy (for example if you are pregnant or obese), damage to the bladder during surgery, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, and certain medications.
Urge incontinence can be triggered by a problem with the detrusor muscles in the walls of the bladder. They contract too often, known as an ‘overactive bladder’. Possible causes include drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, not drinking enough fluid, constipation, a urinary tract infection, neurological conditions, certain medications.
Who is most at risk? – If it runs in the family, or if you are past middle age (particularly over 80), you are at a higher risk of incontinence.
Diagnosis – Your GP might suggest that you keep a diary of your bladder habits for at least three days, including factors like how much fluid you drink, how often you need to pass urine, and how many episodes of incontinence you experience. You may also need to have some examinations, such as a physical examination, or you may need to provide a urine sample.
Treatment (Non Surgical) – GPs will always first try to deal with symptoms through non-surgical treatments. These include lifestyle training, pelvic floor muscle training and bladder training.
If these types of treatments are unsuccessful or unsuitable, surgery or other procedures may be recommended.
Surgery & Procedures – Surgery for stress incontinence can include tape procedures, colposuspension, sling procedures, injecting a urethral bulking agent, and fitting an artificial urinary sphincter.
Surgery for urge incontinence can include botulinum toxin A injections, sacral nerve stimulation, posterior tibial nerve stimulation, and augmentation cystoplasty.
Prevention – It is not always possible to prevent urinary incontinence, but a healthy lifestyle may reduce the chances of the condition developing. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles through exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and cutting down on alcohol and / or caffeine can help.
Information taken from NHS UK – //www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Incontinence-urinary/Pages/Introduction.aspx