- Start with the right absorbency-It is important to understand that not all incontinence pads are the same. Today, there have never been more choices in incontinence pads then ever before. You can choose from ultra light panty liners that can add extra protection to your regular underwear all the way up to booster incontinence pads that are used to add extra absorbency to an incontinence undergarment. There are many different levels of absorbencies in between. It is important that if you are going to use an incontinence pad that you choose the right level of absorbency for your needs. Using an incontinence pad that is to heavy will be uncomfortable and bulky and can expose your skin to break downs and other problems while using an incontinence pad that is not absorbent enough will not give you the incontinence protection that you need.
- Consider length-You may be surprised to learn that incontinence pads come in various lengths. The manufacturers of incontinence pads understand that there different body types so they have made a variety of sizes so that users can find the length that they want to use. This is also an issue of comfort since users of incontinence pads can choose styles that are narrower as well as longer. This way you can find the right incontinence pad that will be comfortable for you to wear. However, you should keep in mind that this can be something of a trial and error process so be prepared to try out a few incontinence pads before settling on the one that is right for you and your needs.
- Know that both genders use them-Incontinence pads are not just for women. Today, there are male incontinence pads as well. Both genders can find an incontinence pad that works well for them. The major difference between the types of incontinence pads for each gender is that the protection is placed in the area where that gender will need it the most.
- Use alone or with an incontinence undergarment-It is important to know that you can use an incontinence pad in regular underwear or with an incontinence undergarment. This will depend on the severity of your incontinence. In addition, keep in mind that many incontinence pads come with a scent that will help to minimize the odors that can be associated with incontinence.