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Clothing can affect incontinence and bladder conditions according to TENA

Posted Jul 13 2012 6:15am

Fashionable tight-fitting jeans can cause bladder weakness and long- term health consequences, medical experts have warned. The uber-cool skinny denims, favoured by celebs such as Russell Brand, Jude Law and Joey Essex can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and in some agonising cases, men can even suffer with twisted testicles.

A study of 2,000 British men, conducted by  TENA Men , the leading male incontinence brand, has revealed that 10 per cent of men have experienced an unpleasant side-effect as a result of wearing skinny jeans.

Dr Hilary Jones,  TENA Brand Ambassador and campaign spokesperson, said:

“Men who wear tight or ill-fitting trousers or underwear which is restrictive around the groin area could be damaging their health.

“Wearing tight-fitting clothing over a prolonged period of time can lead to urinary tract infections leading to over-activity of the bladder- a type of bladder weakness as well as a low sperm count and fungal infections.

“I have seen several cases of men who have twisted their testicles due to wearing jeans that are far too tight.

“My advice would be to make sure you leave plenty of room around the groin area and that your pants and trousers feel comfortable so you’re not being restricted in any way.

“Please don’t put style before health.”

Tight-fitting jeans around the groin area can put additional pressure on the bladder but can also lead to bacteria breeding and re-entering the body causing urinary tract infections; this increases the need to urinate more frequently and can cause severe pain. Of those men suffering from skinny jeans, half had experienced groin discomfort, over a quarter had bladder troubles and one in five suffered a twisted testicle. Worryingly, one in four regularly squeeze into jeans- with the biggest reasons given for enduring tightness being ‘to show I can still fit in them’ and ‘because they look good.’

In fact, three in ten has suffered discomfort from tight jeans and 40% of men admit they sometimes sacrifice comfort over style. One in seven British men regularly wear skinny jeans, but more than a third confess they don’t actually know their correct jean size, whilst when it comes to picking jeans, just 7% described softness and comfort as an important factor.

Zoe Brimfield,  TENA Men Brand Manager said:

“With this survey we were keen to highlight that while men may like the look of tight-fitting jeans, it’s important that they are not compromising their health. Wearing skinny or ill-fitting jeans can lead to bladder weakness as a longer-term consequence. Male bladder weakness is more common than people think, with 1 in 9 men in the UK currently experiencing some form of the condition.”

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