Common Incontinence Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Hayley Milne

Written by Hayley Milne on Wed Mar 29 2023.

Common Incontinence Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Even though incontinence is a common medical condition affecting more than 33 million Americans, some people feel ashamed of having it, making it challenging to seek help and support. However, using the right incontinence products can help individuals feel more comfortable and confident in their daily lives. In this article, we will explore the common challenges people with incontinence face and provide solutions to help overcome them.

Top 5 Incontinence Challenges

Social Isolation

Some people with incontinence may experience social isolation. They may feel embarrassed or ashamed to leave their homes, especially when at risk of leaks or accidents, leading to loneliness and depression.

While social isolation is a difficult topic to talk about, using high-quality incontinence products can help wearers build confidence and feel comfortable in social settings knowing that they’ll stay dry and odor-free. In addition, once a wearer knows they are protected, reduced stress can allow them to explore opportunities like:

  • Joining social groups or clubs: Joining groups or clubs based on interests is a great way to meet like-minded people and form new friendships. This can build a sense of community and give more reasons to leave the house and socialize.

  • Attending social events: Attending social events to engage with the local community, like festivals, concerts, or charity events. 

  • Volunteering: Volunteering for a meaningful cause can be a great way to meet new people and have a positive impact on the community. Volunteering can also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

  • Taking classes or courses: Taking classes or courses in an interesting subject can be a great way to meet people with similar interests. 

Skin Irritation

Skin irritation is very common for those with incontinence, but it’s preventable. When urine or feces comes into contact with the skin, it can cause irritation, rashes, and infections. This can be especially troublesome for those with sensitive skin or anyone bed-bound that can’t get regular changes of their incontinence products.

Keeping the skin clean and dry is essential to prevent irritation when dealing with incontinence. We recommend Tranquility products which are designed to wick moisture away from the skin. Regularly changing incontinence products can also help prevent skin irritation, and using skin care products designed specifically for people with incontinence can be a big help. 

Managing Odor

Appropriately managing odor is something that many with incontinence deal with. The smell of urine or feces can cause embarrassment and make people afraid to interact with others or leave the house. 

According to a study published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing, nearly 70% of individuals with urinary incontinence reported experiencing odor due to their condition. 

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing said that those with fecal incontinence who reported experiencing odor had significantly higher levels of depression than those who did not report an odor.

These statistics highlight how much odor can affect people managing incontinence. So, it is essential to be aware of ways to control odor, like using odor-neutralizing products, changing incontinence products frequently, and maintaining good hygiene practices.

Tranquility’s absorbent disposable briefs or underwear, pads, and liners feature superabsorbent polymers that neutralize the pH of ammonia in urine, thereby eliminating any urine odor. 

Want to learn more about managing odors? Check out “How To Keep A Home Smelling And Feeling Fresh When Caring For Someone with Incontinence,” which explores easy ways to keep your home smelling fresh and clean!


For some people with incontinence, limited mobility may also be a challenge. Lack of mobility or being bed-bound can make it difficult to frequently change incontinence products and maintain proper hygiene without the help of a caregiver. A study by the National Institutes of Health found that around 60% of people with incontinence require help from a caregiver to manage their condition.

Fortunately, Tranquility offers products designed to make changes easier, which can make a significant difference for those with limited mobility. Tranquility products come in various absorbency levels, so you can choose the product that best suits your needs. 

In addition, the products’ retention capacity benefits the wearer. It also makes it easier for caregivers to manage changes to improve their quality of life and help them feel comfortable and confident.


Incontinence products can be expensive, and it may be hard for some to find affordable products that meet their needs. Carewell offers a full range of incontinence products that fit every budget. If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to their Caregiving Specialists by calling (855)-855-1666 or emailing They also offer savings when you sign up for their Autoship, which:

  • Saves you money on every order

  • Promises hassle-free, reliable delivery

  • Puts you in control – set your delivery schedule and update it anytime


Incontinence is incredibly common, but many handle its associated challenges in silence. The right incontinence products can help individuals overcome the limitations they face and live their best possible, worry-free life. 

Need Help?

Our Caregiving Specialists are happy to help you find the right incontinence product. They can make personalized product recommendations based on your lifestyle and needs. Send an email to or call (855) 855-1666.

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Hayley Milne
Hayley Milne

Hayley Milne is a skilled writer, marketer, branding enthusiast, and passionate dementia advocate based in Toledo, Ohio. When she’s not busy conjuring up branding strategies for Tranquility or crafting compelling content, you can catch her nose-deep in a book, molding clay for her next big pottery project, or relaxing with her two pups, Bean and Tater.