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Afex Incontinence Management System: Wish we would’ve found this two years ago

September 17, 2013 1:12 am

This contraption for men with urinary incontinence let’s you walk and pee, with peace of mind and no spills

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This is the Afex Incontinence Management System  and for Drew, it has been the best product to cross his path post-stroke, “since sliced bread” as my Sicilian pops would say.

Drew has overactive bladder, a condition in which the bladder squeezes (spasms) too often or squeezes without warning. Symptoms include leaking urine, feeling the sudden and urgent need to urinate, and frequent urination.

So needless to say, going out in public to do basic things or fun stuff has been a hassle because of all of the accidents and not-so-fun emotions that come along with peeing your pants repeatedly at age 30.

As you can see in the photos, the Afex Incontinence Management System is quite a contraption, but it works and therefore is awesome.

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The system starts with a pair of snugly fitting boxer briefs and goes from there.

It sounds funny, but there’s a penis-shaped tube that’s tucked into a secure pocket of the briefs. You put your penis in the tube and it stays put. The tube is connected to another short plastic tube, which is connected to a small bag that holds the urine. The bag is secured to the leg of the boxer brief, across the thigh –  and it stays put.

So if the urge hits you, you can go right then and there with no mess. The bag is secure and doesn’t leak. You can easily empty the urine by using its release clamp-like feature. If you do not release the urine into the toilet or onto the ground, then it stays put.

Here’s what the ad says, and Drew stands by it:

Urinary collection system designed to be a comfortable, discreet, and innovative alternative to adult diapers, condom catheters, and other.

Afex can be used by active, sedentary, and mobility assisted adult males with incontinence.

The Afex System effectively controls odor, leakage, wetness and helps fight skin rash associated with other products used to manage incontinence.

Here’s what it comes with:

  • One brief made of 96% premium combed cotton and 4% Lycra
  • One Universal Fit Receptacle
  • One Reusable Collection Bag – 17 ounce (500 ml)
  • 4 oz. Concentrated cleanser solution
  • One Cleaning Container

There are a few cons. If you’re sitting, or in a wheel chair, the Afex might not be for you. Drew says the system works best when he stands to urinate, as the urine can spill upward if you’re sitting.

Also, make sure you use vaseline or some sort of ointment to prevent rash from the friction of your penis in the holder thingy.

And then there is the price. The  Afex Incontinence Management System can cost up to $140 as of May 2013, and is not covered by Medicare or private insurance. It’s terrible that something that can prevent UTIs, infection and so much stress costs so much.

But it’s worth it to fork out the cash, especially if you’re able to walk around, but usually avoid crowds or the public because of urinary incontinence.

Drew and I usually would just order takeout and cozy up on the couch. But this week, after only a few days of wearing the Afex, Drew wanted to go out to Ronin in Royal Oak for sushi. His idea. I was so excited. The Afex really gave him peace of mind and we had a really fun dinner. It’s the simple things you learn to appreciate and cherish.

Related information:

10 incontinence tips for young strokies

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