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The Many Uses of Adult Diapers Besides Incontinence

January 22, 2013 2 min read

When people think about adult diapers, they usually envision an elderly adult who has unfortunately lost control over their bladder over the years. While many of our customers are, indeed, the elderly, we also provide incontinence supplies to the young and middle-aged demographics, as incontinence doesn’t discriminate based on age. However, adult diapers are also used by those who don’t have any bladder control problems.

Besides, incontinence and disability, here are several different uses for adult diapers:

  1. Difficult access to (clean) bathrooms:When you’re standing in a long line or don’t have quick access to a clean bathroom, an adult diaper can be used for convenience purposes. During the 2009 presidential inauguration, we even received calls from customers who wanted disposable diapers because they were concerned there wouldn’t be enough porta-potties or that they didn’t want to lose their place in line to use the bathroom.
  2. Gambling:This goes along with not losing your spot – or in this case, slot. In 2005, Prof. Tim Pelton of University of Victoria’s Center for Addiction Research found that Canadian youth fueled their gambling addiction by wearing adult diapers so that they didn’t have to leave their slot machine and go to the restroom.
  3. Fuel:In an environmental effort to reduce landfill waste, Japanese company Super Faiths Inc. created the SFD System, recycling machines that turn used disposable diapers into a viable fuel source.
  4. Astronauts:Created by NASA, the Maximum Absorbency Garment (MAG), essentially a “space diaper”, allows astronauts to relieve themselves during take-off, long spacewalks (can last 6+ hours), and re-entry.
  5. Truck drivers:Few truck stops, long drives, and demanding deliveries can take a toll on the bladder. For these reasons, some truck drivers find adult briefs convenient.


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