Should I Use Pads or Disposable Underwear (Briefs) for My Incontinence?
You’re likely reading this because you or someone you love manages incontinence as part of daily life. Perhaps you’ve dealt with it for years even. With so many options available now, do you know what the best option is for you (or them)? Read on to narrow down the options and choose the best product to use in your everyday life.
Can I use sanitary pads or tampons for my incontinence?
Although some research shows that wearing a tampon can help with stress incontinence (in women), overall tampons are not a good option for managing incontinence because they can’t absorb urine flow.In terms of absorbency, regular sanitary pads are designed to hold menstrual flow but not the rapid flow of urine. Incontinence pads can absorb and hold much more fluid than menstrual pads, which means you will have fewer leaks.It’s possible you could use a sanitary pad if your urine flow is light; however, sanitary pads are not designed to absorb as much as incontinence products, which could leave you feeling uncomfortable or irritated.
What About Incontinence Pads? Do They Offer Good Protection?
Generally, incontinence pads are made of absorbent fabric that's filled with a liquid-absorbing polymer that traps the urine to keep the skin dry and clean. The back of the pad has a waterproof layer that keeps the leak from passing through the clothes.Although the average number of pads used in a day is 4 to 6 pads, the truth is that this depends on your personal comfort and product absorbency. You should consider checking the right absorbency level that meets your specific needs.In using pads, you need to adopt the “pinch, pinch, pull” method to ensure the leakage barriers are activated. When opening the pad: Pinch the top and bottom together before stretching lengthways. Do not shake the pad as this can disturb the core, affecting the product’s absorbancy.For safety use of the pads, wash your hands with soap first and then wipe the area clean with a damp towel or moist towelette. Ensure you remove the paper covering the adhesive, and place the pad adhesive side down.
Should I use pads or disposable briefs for my incontinence?
Incontinence pads are an economic, comfortable, discreet solution for many customers, but if you need more absorbency or prefer the security that full protection provides, a brief might be the best option.Like the Nexwear pads, our underwear provides no-fail protection, comfortable and effective as it is discreet. Designed with different options of colors, men vs women, absorbency, and waistband size, you can start getting back to living (and looking) the way you want.Choosing the right size plays a huge role in the amount of comfort one experiences while using incontinence products, as well as the efficacy of these products. Make sure you know your hip and waist measurements before purchasing anything.Choosing between pads and briefs should be based on you or your loved one’s needs.If you need the security of more absorbency and are concerned about the placement of the pad based on your activity level or wardrobe choices, a brief is likely the best choice.The right answer comes down to your or your loved ones’ comfort and the amount of protection needed at this time.
With Nexwear, it’s easy to change your order between pads and briefs, either online or by calling our customer service at +1-866-420-6997 between 7 AM and 5 PM PST Monday through Friday.