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Best Incontinence Products: Buying Guide & Shop Online

Apr 30th 2021

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What is Incontinence?

There are two kinds of incontinence:

1. Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control, is a very common condition. In fact, Urinary incontinence is a problem that affects between one-third and one-fourth of the adult population. While it can occur at any age, it can become more of an issue as you get older.

There are several possible causes:

  1. Weak or overactive bladder muscles
  2. Neurological diseases that damage the nerves that control the bladder
  3. In men, an enlarged prostate may also contribute to incontinence
  4. In women, in particular, weakened pelvic floor muscles

There are various types of urinary incontinence including:

  1. Stress incontinence, when the bladder leaks a little when one coughs or sneezes
  2. Urge incontinence occurs when one has the urge to go to the bathroom, but cannot hold it long enough to get to the bathroom on time
  3. Overflow incontinence occurs when urine leaks out of the bladder which fills more frequently due to an enlarged prostate in men.
  4. Functional incontinence occurs when individuals have bladder control but an injury hinders their ability to get to the toilet.

2. Fecal or bowel incontinence

Fecal or bowel incontinence is less common, but still impacts many adults. It involves the loss of control over your bowel movements and also relates to muscle and nerve damage from aging or could be a side effect of some surgeries or giving birth. Bowel incontinence can range from mild symptoms, including small leakage and passage of gas or the complete loss of bowel control.

What types of incontinence supplies are there?

There are 7 types of incontinence products.

  1. Bladder control/incontinence pads
  2. Male Guards
  3. Protective underwear and pull-ons
  4. Adult diapers or briefs
  5. Booster pads
  6. Underpads
  7. External catheters

Bladder Control and Incontinence Pads

Bladder control and incontinence pads are for those who experience lighter leaks and are a great option for more active, mobile users and often include discretion-friendly features like odor guards. These products will absorb the moisture and pull it away from your skin. Many incontinence pads are made from breathable fabrics that have waterproof backing, so your clothes will also stay dry. You can insert these pads in your regular undergarments. If you suffer from minor bowel incontinence and want to use a pad, look for styles with rear coverage.

Male Guards

Incontinence guards are suited for the male anatomy. You can also wear guards inside of your regular undergarments. Adhesive tabs that press against the fabric of your underwear will keep the guard in place. Some male guards, that are best placed in briefs, are designed with a protective absorbent sack where the penis is placed and that pocket absorbs the urine to protect against dribbles that can occur throughout the day.

Protective Underwear and Pullons

Disposable protective underwear and pull-on style adult diapers are great options for those who experience moderate to heavy bladder leakage. These styles can be worn by both men and women who lead a more active lifestyle. While it is still important to change these styles throughout the day, they will require less frequent replacements compared to incontinence pads or liners. If minor bowel incontinence leaks are a concern, consider looking for form-fitting protective underwear styles. It can be a good idea to also bring along spare pairs when out and about, so that you can switch to a clean set as soon as possible. These styles also feature breathable fabrics that are specifically designed to wick away moisture from the skin, so that you can stay dry and comfortable. Many of these styles come with an odor guard as well as tear-away sides, which makes changes easy, even if you're traveling.

Gender-specific products are also available, featuring extra polymers where each gender would need absorbency and feminine or masculine designs. Check out the many styles of protective underwear we carry here at Carewell.

Adult Diapers or Briefs

Adult brief-style diapers are better suited for those who experience heavier incontinence issues, but are also still somewhat active and capable of dressing themselves. They can also offer more protection for those who experience more than very light bowel incontinence, as pull-ups don't have a full coverage back panel. These incontinence products for men and women are made with high-level absorbency so that your skin will stay dry and comfortable in between changes. Adult diapers with tabs are designed for the individual who may have trouble changing or dressing themselves. These incontinence products are also made with high absorbency and designed for those who are in need of heavy protection.

Booster Pad

Booster pads are disposable inserts designed to extend the protection provided by other incontinence products like adult diapers and pull ups. The extra absorbency they provide helps keep skin drier, longer, cutting down the need for frequent changes. Booster pads are also awesome for side sleepers, as you can put them anywhere inside a pull-up or brief for targeted protection. Read more about topliner booster pads here.

Incontinence Underpads or Chux

Disposable underpads are also commonly referred to as Chux, these incontinence products are designed to help protect bedding and keep other household surfaces dry in case of leakage. Underpads are commonly used in hospitals but can make for great incontinence supplies to keep on hand if you’re caring for a loved one with limited mobility and more severe incontinence issues. The pads absorb liquid while the waterproof backing protects furniture and bedding. This makes them a great solution for changing a loved one’s incontinence product. You can also shop reusable underpads too.

Overnight Adult Diapers

If frequent trips to the bathroom are keeping you up all night, an overnight adult diaper option may be the ideal solution, even if you opt for lighter or more discreet protection throughout the day. These incontinence products are designed with your comfort in mind, created with maximum absorbency and breathable fabric, so that you can get the rest you need without having to worry about skin rashes or midnight rushes to the restroom.

External Catheters

One of the easiest ways to combat urinary incontinence is with the use of a catheter. That being said, they can be tricky to get the hang of if you do not come from a medical background. But with a little prep work and the right catheter for you or your loved ones needs you can be on the road to an effective form of incontinence protection. Check out our tips for choosing the best catheter for your needs. People typically elect to use catheters if they have sensitive skin and don’t want a diaper to irritate them, don’t want to wear something bulky (because it won’t show through clothes), or can make regular bathroom trips to empty the catheter.

Adult Swim Diapers

When the weather gets warmer, it’s natural to want to cool off! However, those with incontinence issues may shy away from taking a dip in the pool or ocean. Don’t let incontinence get in the way of enjoying a little fun in the sun. There are great adult swim diaper options that are designed to be discreet and effective. Check out more tips for how to manage incontinence as the weather gets warmer.

How do I choose the right incontinence product?

The key factors to consider when choosing an incontinence product are:

Is the product for bowel or bladder discharges?
As you now know, not all incontinence products are created equal. Certain products like incontinence pads and liners may not feature rear coverage unless specifically called out on the packaging. So, it is important to be sure the product you choose fits your needs. Adult diapers with tabs are ideal for bowel incontinence, but may be too of an extreme choice for those with minor urinary incontinence issues. If you’re ever struggling to find the right choice, remember that you can call us at (855) 855-1666 and we’ll be happy to help.
Will it be used daytime or overnight?
Some people may need lighter protection during the day, and will opt for heavier protection at night. This is because they’ll be changing their incontinence products more frequently while they are busy throughout their day, but would prefer to feel secure with a higher absorbency product at night that doesn’t require as frequent changes. An overnight adult diaper can offer the peace of mind you need to sleep soundly and comfortably.
Do you or your loved one in need of incontinence products lead an active or more sedentary lifestyle?
If you are active and on-the-go you may want to consider a discrete option like pads, liners or protective underwear style incontinence products. However if you have mobility issues or are caring for someone who is bedridden, you’ll want to consider more absorbent options like adult diapers with tabs as well as opt for extra protection with booster pads and Chux products.
Will the adult diaper need to suit the male or female anatomy?
While there are unisex options of pull ups and adult diapers with tabs, there are also incontinence products that are better suited for the gender specific anatomies. For example, male guards are particularly designed for the male body. There are also some catheter styles that are better suited for the male user. If you’re struggling to find the best option, seek advice from your physician or urologist. We can help you find the best product that matches their recommendation.
Should you consider booster pads and accessories for added protection?
Booster pads can help extend the use of your incontinence products, so that can mean less frequent changes and perhaps even some monetary savings in the long run. If you or a loved one suffer from heavy incontinence issues, Chux pads can offer that additional layer of protection to help take a little stress out of the process of changing bedding in addition to any incontinence products and clothing.
What are incontinence creams and washes?
Caring for your skin is a critical part of continence care. The delicate perineal area is prone to skin breakdown and rashes due to the frequent contact with urine and feces. Keep skin healthy with creams, cleansers, hand wipes, wash cloths, and disposable sanitary gloves specifically designed for continence care.
Does Medicare & Medicaid cover incontinence products?
For those enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, incontinence supplies are typically not covered. However, Medicare may pay for certain medical treatments for incontinence but not for the routine incontinence supplies to keep the person clean and dry. Medicare Advantage plans are available through approved private insurance companies and may offer discount rates on items. As a reminder, Carewell does not accept Medicaid or other health insurance, but we will happily provide you with an invoice to send to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Remember, finding the right incontinence products and solutions for your needs is possible! Incontinence should not define you or a loved ones day or life, let us help you find the best fit so you can get back to enjoying the important thing in life.

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