Incontinence Pants and Products - Disposable or Reusable?

Which is better?  Disposable vs. Reusable
If you or someone you care for is experiencing incontinence then they will need to take steps in order to manage it. One of the first steps that you need to take when managing incontinence is finding the right product to use. Today, there has never been such a wide variety of incontinence products to choose from. After finding the right style, type, and absorbency of product many people will still need to decide whether or not to use disposable or reusable incontinence pants and products. While many people ultimately choose to use both disposable and reusable products depending on the situation and circumstances it is still important to understand both the advantages and disadvantage of both.

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It is important to note that when comparing the two types of incontinence products on comfort, convenience, effectiveness and price there is not a clear winner. While certain products may do extremely well in a certain categories both types of products do will overall. This should let users of incontinence products know that the final decision is largely personal preference.
  • Comfort-The ultimate decision on comfort is largely personal preference. One of the factors to consider is what the incontinence product is made from. Disposable products may not be made from materials as comfortable as reusable products but they tend to wick away moisture from the skin and clothing of the person using them better then reusable incontinence products. Conversely many users of reusable incontinence products report that they are very much like ordinary underwear while many disposable products are bulky to wear.
  • Convenience-Many people feel that the clear winner when it comes to convenience of incontinence products lies with the disposable products. Disposable incontinence products offer a lot more flexibility when it comes to changing them. Reusable incontinence products often need an outer layer of waterproof protection in order to make them effective. This can make them a lot harder to change. In addition, reusable incontinence products may be less practical if you are not at home. Disposable incontinence products can be easily thrown away with the wearer is changing them. This leaves the individual that is using disposable incontinence products a lot more freedom to leave home.
  • Cost-This is also an important consideration for anyone who is trying to manage incontinence. It is important to understand that both types of incontinence products have their advantages. While reusable incontinence products can be harder to find and are more expensive to buy initially they can be used over and over again which takes the cost down over time. Disposable incontinence products are much easier to find and initially more affordable but can only be used once. Users of these products will have to consider both types of products and the cost advantages and disadvantages that they present.
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