Choosing and Using Disposable Incontinence Pads

Choosing and Using Disposable Incontinence pads

Choosing and Using Disposable Incontinence pads


Choosing and Using Disposable Incontinence pads

Modern disposable incontinence pads are available in a large range of shapes and sizes. They are the safest way to cope with leaks and will provide reassurance helping you lead a normal rather than a restricted life.

Incontinence pads for light incontinence are made to a different specification than sanitary pads, and have a higher absorbency which is typically ten times greater. The absorbent core is usually made from cellulose fluff pulp together with powdered superabsorbent polymers (SAP) that can quickly absorb many times their own weight of urine. The lining is typically a non-woven web of polypropylene that maintains a dry feel, so the pad can still be worn comfortably, even after it has absorbed a leak.

Incontinence pads are designed to absorb urine rapidly, and distribute it throughout the absorbent core. This locks moisture away from your skin and traps it to minimise any potential for odour. Pads are comfortable and discrete during wear, hygienic and help to deal with leaks without anyone else knowing what has happened.

For light use, slim and unobtrusive pads can be slipped inside ordinary underwear and kept in place with an in-built adhesive strip or, can be worn inside stretch pants or special pants with a built-in pouch. If using pants with a waterproof backing or pouch, you should use pads without a waterproof backsheet.

All-in-one nappy-style pads are available, but are usually reserved for heavier urinary and/or faecal incontinence.

Pads can be mixed and matched according to your needs – perhaps use a smaller pad that can be changed frequently during the day, and a more absorbent pad for single use throughout the night.

For heavier users products pull up pants shaped more like undergarments are also available. 

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