Managing incontinence

Absorbent products provide you with physical protection against urine leakage. They are designed to trap and hold urine, keeping the skin dry. They are either disposable or reusable. Absorbent products are a discreet way to ensure you go on having an active and social life; no one will know you are using these products.

There are many choices of disposable absorbent products, and you may need to try a few before you get the one that's right for you. Most are classified by manufacturers as appropriate for light, moderate, or heavy incontinence. You may find that you need different absorbent products for different situations.

There is a broad range of designs for men and women to choose from, such as small pads and underwear liners that attach by adhesive strips. For men who experience urine leakage, there are drip collection pouches. Many protective undergarments are designed to be discreet and are worn just like regular underwear. The variety of products available allows you to choose one (or several) that meets your needs so that you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

In addition to absorbency, other factors to consider when choosing an adult absorbent product include ease of use - how easy is the pad or underwear to change, do up, or undo? Does the product fit you properly? And what materials are used in the outer covering of the pad or undergarment - breathable plastic, for example, is kinder to the skin than non-breakdown plastic. Learn more about how to find the right absorbent product for you, whether you're a woman or a man.

Visit a major manufactures' website, like Depend® (, to find out more about absorbent products and to browse through the selection.