Let's talk about incontinence
1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer and some men experience bladder and bowel problems as a side effect of their treatment.
1 in 3 men over 65 are estimated to have a urinary incontinence problem in the UK
1 in 20 men aged 60 and over experience bowel incontinence.
We know that some men who have been treated for prostate cancer may experience bladder and bowel incontinence as a side effect of their treatment. These men often have nowhere to dispose of their incontinence waste products. This isn't good enough. We want male sanitary bins to be placed in every male toilet, in businesses and public loos across the UK. So men can dispose of incontinence pads, stoma products and other hygiene waste items easily, safely and with dignity.
What you've helped achieve so far
Our amazing supporters sent our letter to MPs over 2,200 times. You've helped us reach over 90% of MPs in the UK and let them know the scale of this issue.
We brought together MPs, men who have experience of incontinence, and representatives from industry to continue to push for change. We were joined and supported by our partner organisations who have worked with us on the Boys need Bins campaign.
We also launched our report 'Lifting the lid on male incontinence', which highlights the scale of the issue, at an event in Westminster on Tuesday 5 September 2023. We spoke to men with experience of incontinence, and a range of workplaces across the UK to hear first hand the issues and barriers they face.
You started the conversation
Male incontinence needs to be talked about. We've caught the attention of the media, with the campaign getting coverage in national outlets like Channel 4's 'Steph's Packed Lunch', Metro, and BBC News, as well as regional newspapers such as the Jersey Evening Post and the Hampshire Chronicle.
Men have been sharing their story with millions across the country.
Change is happening
Thanks to conversations our supporters are having in their local areas, some organisations are starting to install male sanitary bins. Winchester Council have become the first UK Local Authority to place them in their public loos. Speak to your local councillor and see if your Local Authority will join Winchester in being among the first in the UK to make this change.
Incontinence was discussed by politicians throughout the UK
It's time more MPs took this issue seriously. By sending letters to your MPs, you helped make sure the needs of men are being heard in the places where it matters. Male incontinence has now been debated in the House of Commons and the Welsh Senedd.
Watch the Westminster Hall debate, skip to 15:00:00.