Lifelong Incontinence Due to Undersized Bladder Doesn’t Stop This Man

August 16, 2021

Lifelong Incontinence Due to Undersized Bladder Doesn’t Stop This Man

Adult incontinence can stem from many conditions but whatever the cause, there are challenges for people who just want to continue on with their lives in the world in which we all live. They’d also like to be spared the stigma that seems to come with this condition. Egosan is committed to addressing both of these challenges head-on. One way that we do this is to allow people like Shawn, below, a platform for telling their stories. 

Shawn is a 54-year-old man who's had life-long incontinence and is still on a journey to find the right type of protection. His incontinence is due to an exceptionally small bladder, so he needs to contend with both day and nighttime incontinence.

Shawn's had the courage to live life well despite this challenge. He’s married, has a job, and enjoys golf, fishing, and riding his bike, so being active is important to him.

“I have a small, weak bladder so I can easily have an accident day or night. Good protection has always been vital to me," Shawn told us.

He’s used diaper style incontinence briefs for years but has just received a Foley Catheter which will be a new adventure for him.

What is a Foley catheter?

A Foley catheter is a hollow, flexible tube that is inserted into the bladder through the urethra and the urine drains continuously into an exterior bag to be emptied as needed. There are pros and cons to using a Foley, so trying one is a highly individual matter to be determined with the help of the person's doctor.


  • Provides continual drainage.
  • Can be helpful with skin problems that might develop using a diaper style brief or pullup,
  • Can help with a blocked or semi-blocked urethra so it is sometimes used by men with an enlarged prostate.


  • The most common complaint is that it can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). Coping with repeat UTIs from Foleys is the reason that many users return to reliable pullups and/or diaper briefs. 

Shawn's Foley catheter is just days old, so he hasn't had much time to try it out. We’re hoping along with him that this intervention improves his incontinence management experience.

Egosan always encourages anyone experiencing incontinence whether urinary or fecal  (bowel) to seek medical advice because many people can be helped by medications, therapies, and other interventions.

Yet, we know from the huge presence on support groups such as the Egosan group on Facebook that millions of people have tried everything possible that they still depend on - or return to - the basic incontinence protections such as pullups and diaper-style briefs.

This may sound old-fashioned, but Egosan’s high-tech products are anything but old-fashioned. From their soft, cloth backing to their super absorbent, aloe-infused linings, they are designed scientifically to provide the best protection people can find.

If you’d like to dig deeper into how Egosan constructs their products or view a video about how to prep any incontinence product for better performance, give Knowing How to Prepare a Pullup or Diaper Brief Will Maximize Efficiency a read. 

Meanwhile, join us in congratulating Shawn for not letting incontinence stop him from living his life well.

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Need incontinence support for yourself or someone else? Try Egosan’s Incontinence Support Group on Facebook

By Carol Bradley Bursack


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