If you suffer from urinary incontinence, then you may already know that leakage can be embarrassing and that lack of proper management strategies can restrict your personal and social life. The good news is, with minimal interference, absorbent products can help provide you with the confidence to carry on with your life, freeing you from the stress of constantly thinking about having an accident.
Absorbent products are usually an option for instances when there is no permanent treatment available for your particular type of incontinence. For treatable forms of incontinence, absorbent products can provide protection from the time you first discover your incontinence, through diagnosis, and right up until the time your therapy is working 100%, which can sometimes take months to achieve.
Thankfully for consumers, much time and effort has been applied to improve absorbent products over the years. While there were once only a few bulky and not-very-discreet options, there are now many choices available to you based on your sex, the amount of leakage protection you require, and your lifestyle. You may even find yourself relying on different products for different occasions, such as one for social occasions, one for relaxing around the house, and another for sleeping comfortably throughout the night.
Absorbent products come in many different forms:
- absorbent pad
- absorbent underwear
- adjustable underwear
- absorbent garment
- drip collector
What to consider
All absorbent products are categorized based upon how much urine they can absorb, also known as their absorbency. Are you a "dribbler" or a "gusher?" Roughly knowing how much urine will be leaked over a particular period of time will be the first factor in making your choice of absorbent products. "Dribblers" require less absorbency than the larger-volume of "gushers."
Other factors to consider once you know the absorbency you require are discreetness, comfort, and ease of use.
Smaller absorbent products are discreet and are ideal for small leaks and dribbles, but keep in mind that they must be changed more frequently. For nighttime use or for those with severe incontinence, a higher absorbency product like absorbent underwear is required.
There are many products on the market that are unisex as well as those designed to specifically contour either a man's body or a woman's body. You also have the option of whether or not you want reusable or disposable absorbent products. However, tests have shown that disposable products may be better at containing leaks and of course there is less laundry!
Wow, who knew there were so many things to consider?! You may have to try a few products to find out what is right for you. Go to a major manufactures' website, like Depend® (http://www.ca.depend.com), and browse through all the options. Some will also have tools to help make your decision easier (http://www.ca.depend.com/incontinence-products/Product-Selector.aspx).
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