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choosing incontinence products

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When it comes to choosing or finding incontinence products there are lots on the market.

Products are available specifically designed to offer choice and support to men and women who suffer from urinary incontinence. Make sure your product is made for your sex. This is important because men and women are made very differently and what works for men does not work well for women.

While there are many disposable products, you will also find an excellent selection of reusable products. Some of these products are unisex.


Absorbent products that protect you from leaks of urine have been developed to a high standard over recent years. There is a wide choice of types and qualities, including both pads to wear under ordinary clothes and special absorbent underpants. In each case you have a choice between disposable and washable (re-usable) products.


Pads

Pads are the most popular product worn to protect against leaks. They can be disposable or washable and reusable, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes for children, men and women.

They can be slim and unobtrusive, slipped inside your ordinary pants (or inside special stretch or waterproof pants or special pants with a built-in pouch), while others take the form of wrap-around all-in-one nappies.

Pads have a surface layer worn next to the skin, usually made of a "feel-dry" material, which allows urine to pass through to a soaker layer of absorbent materials. This means they are designed to be worn even after they have absorbed a quantity of urine. Most have a waterproof backing or underlayer to minimise leaks. Those without a waterproof backing can be used as an extra booster pad.

Some people mix and match their pads - for example, choosing a smaller pad during the day and changing to a more absorbent pad at night; or using a disposable pad for short term use or when travelling, and a washable pad if needed for a longer time.



ALL-IN-ONE DISPOSABLES



These are suitable for heavy urinary or faecal incontinence, especially for people confined to bed or a wheelchair. It is important to get the right size, which relates to the measurement round the hips. Note that use of this sort of product may make toileting difficult.
The closures of disposables have the advantage that they can besecured at any point on the plastic surface, thus ensuring a good fit. Most have re-sealable side tapes and elasticated legs. However, sometimes disposable products are discarded unused because of tabs failing to stick or re-sticking during a difficult fitting, or after a toilet visit or a check to see if the product needed changing.



ALL-IN-ONE WASHABLE GARMENTS



These are side-opening garments which, when in position, wrap right round the hips. They are similar in shape to disposable baby nappies. They are usually elasticated around the leg openings and, at least in part, around the waistband. They are fastened by press-studs or Velcro. The fastenings are usually down the sides and sometimes across the waistband, and are adjustable. Nappy-style products are unisex items, generally for heavy urinary incontinence.
All-in-one washable garments are liked by some because they are fully enclosed. The Velcro or snap closures are generally more secure than the adhesive tabs on similar disposable products, so that they are better to use for people who are inclined to tear at or remove their pads. The nappy-style garment can be positioned when the user is standing up, or rolled into position with the user lying down. Some users prefer to sit down onto an opened-out product to position it.



DISPOSABLE INSERT PADS

Insert pads have to be held in place in some way, usually by close fitting underpants, the alternatives being net or stretch pants, or pants with a pouch. Insert pads are available to cater for slight, light, moderate or heavy urinary incontinence. There is one design specifically for men with light incontinence, made in the form of a pouch.

Insert pads may be shaped or rectangular and may include superabsorbent polymers, elastication, adhesive strips, a quilted surface or wetness indicators. Designs are constantly improving and products are rapidly superseded. A wide variety of sizes and absorbencies is available. Most insert pads have waterproof backing. Those without waterproof backing are suitable for use with waterproof pants or (in the smaller sizes) with pants with a waterproof pouch or as a `booster' pad.



WATERPROOF PANTS



These may be completely made of waterproof material (e.g. plastic pants, some of which are lined with terry towelling or other fabric), or have a waterproof gusset. The latter tend to be less hot and uncomfortable. Prices vary with the quality and material from under £5 up to £20.
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Post on Tue May 19, 2015 10:49 am by bluesheart

if you are using plastic pants for use over cloth nappies/ diapers then make sure to get one size bigger so if you are a small then get size medium and so on.

also plastic pants do alter in sizes across the market.

Post on Thu May 21, 2015 7:56 pm by SueAnn

I think pads are the least obtrusive option and they are great for those who have a mild incontinence problem. In my opinion, they don't make you feel as conspicuous as some of the other garments but, of course, this depends on individual needs.

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