Which Incontinence Pad is Right for Me?

February 21, 2013 2 min read

If you’re experiencing light bladder leakage or dribbling issues, you might want to consider wearing an incontinence pad for protection. Lightweight and discreet, these bladder control pads provide a sense of security if you start to leak and can’t get to a bathroom in time. They’re easy to use and replace because they have an adhesive backing that sticks onto your own underwear.

Finding the right incontinence pad for your needs can be tricky, so here are a few features to consider before purchasing:

  • Choose a gender-specific pad that will cater to your own needs.

Since men and women leak in different ways, gender-specific incontinence pads were created to ensure that each gender receives protection where they need it most. The Poise pads are popular because they are designed to fit a woman’s body and contain odor control. Many men enjoy the Prevail Guards because they can absorb 19 oz. of fluid, which is great for those experiencing leakage after prostate surgery.

  • Pick the right absorbency level.

Absorbency is very important when it comes to incontinence protection. Choosing the wrong absorbency can result in leaking pads and skin rashes. Incontinence pads and male guards vary in absorbencies, ranging from a few ounces to many cups. One of the most absorbent pads we carry are the Abena AbriSan Pads, with the X-Plus size holding the greatest amount of fluid (114 oz.).

  • Select the correct size.

Incontinence pads come in various lengths and widths, so it’s important to choose one that best fits your body shape and your level of incontinence. Comfort also plays a role in choosing the right size pad. Some people might find a narrow pad more comfortable, while others might prefer a wider fit.

As with other incontinence products, choosing the best incontinence pad for you is a matter of trial and error. Keep in mind that bladder control pads are meant for light incontinence, so if you experience more than just trickle, adult briefs or incontinence underwear might be a better option.


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