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What Product Should I Use to Manage My Incontinence?

Written by tyemedical on April 21, 2020

Incontinence is the inability to control urination, and can occur in both men and women. There are several types of incontinence, including;

  •     Stress incontinence
  •     Overactive bladder
  •     Overflow incontinence
  •     Functional incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles or urethra have been weakened. Physical exertion such as coughing or jumping results in urine leakage. This condition often occurs in women after giving birth, and in postmenopausal women. It can occur in men after prostate surgery.

An overactive bladder causes an overwhelming urge to urinate, followed by leakage before reaching the bathroom. It occurs in men and women, and can be caused by damage to the brain or to nerves. Many cases have no identifiable cause.

Illnesses and disabilities can cause other types of incontinence. Overflow incontinence involves the inability to completely empty the bladder, and often occurs in men with enlarged prostates. Medications, nerve damage and aging can cause overflow incontinence in women. Functional incontinence can be caused by medications and illnesses that make the person unaware of the need to empty their bladder.

No matter which type of incontinence you live with, products are available to help you manage the condition. Different clothing styles can also be chosen, to minimize stains and help you feel more at ease at work or in public.

Incontinence Products

When you are dealing with any type of incontinence, you want to feel clean and confident. Absorbent products are available for every incontinent need, from light to heavy. Selections range from disposable to reusable, including;

  •     Pads
  •     Adult Diapers
  •     Underwear
  •     Underpads

Pads and Adult Diapers

Incontinence pads have a waterproof backing and absorb more liquid than sanitary pads. They fit inside underwear and are available in a variety of different levels, from light to moderate to overnight. Most incontinence pads are disposable, but some companies offer washable and reusable cloth pads.

Adult diapers generally absorb more liquid than pads, and are available in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes. Some diapers have elastic leg seams to help prevent leakage. You can choose either disposable or washable and reusable adult diapers. Adult diapers as well as pads are usually available in the personal care section at drug stores, supermarkets and department stores.



 Incontinence underwear can be a money-saving option. Many of these products look like regular pieces of underwear and do not require additional pads. You simply wear them, wash them and wear them again. Another type of underwear requires an absorbent liner that you insert into a waterproof crotch. You can find these products near the incontinence pads at most drug stores, supermarkets and department stores.


What to Wear

When incontinence is an issue, a few simple wardrobe tricks can help give you peace of mind. Color choice, fabric and clothing style can make leaks less visible. Even if you never need it, pack an emergency change of clothes to take to work.

Thicker Fabric

When choosing pants or skirts, look for thicker fabrics such as denim. Since it takes longer for liquid to seep through layers of thick fabric, fewer leaks will be visible. A knit that contains rayon, polyester and spandex is a comfortable option.

Dark Clothing

Dark colors, such as navy blue or black, will hide any stains or leaks that seep through. Since stains are only an issue for pants and skirts, so you can still wear a light colored shirt or top.


If you prefer to wear brighter colors, look for prints that can disguise stains and leaks. Patterns and prints that include browns, greens, blue and black are particularly helpful. If you wear prints, you can also choose from a wider range of fabrics since leakage will be less obvious.

Pants and Skirts

The cut and shape of the pants or skirts you wear can minimize stains and pad bulges. The least amount of leakage will quickly show in tight-fitting, clingy styles. Your best option is looser fitting clothes, such as drapey pants. For skirts, look for A-line, peasant or pleated styles.

The Right Incontinence Product 

Make sure that you choose incontinence products from a company that manufactures products that are both comfortable and functional. If you live with incontinence, the right products can help you enjoyable your life in comfort.