Incontinence Pads Provide Greater Freedom Where Diapers Are Not Needed

Incontinence Pads
Incontinence pads are for people who have trouble for whatever reason with bladder control.  These pads are designed to contain a smaller amount of liquid than adult diapers, and can be used in conjunction with a strategy to contain any type of loss of bladder control.  Generally speaking, incontinence pads are attached to the underwear that a person would normally wear, much like maxi-pads.

Because they are not fully encasing the person’s nether regions, incontinence pads may be less secure than diapers.  Diapers are designed to take a full load of urine and contain it.  The pads that a person may use cannot contain as much as a diaper just based on the volume comparison of each.  For that one limitation, people gain benefits from using a pad over a diaper that includes less bulk, greater freedom of movement and less of a possibility of notice by others.

Diapers are fairly bulky.  This can be a problem for those who have a figure for and like to wear skin tight clothing.  A panty line is one thing; a diaper line is entirely different. Diaper bulk may result in movement restriction. While no one expects to run a hundred yard dash in a diaper, maybe they should try it, just to see how movement is restricted.  A pad’s less bulky state allows the person to be less conscious of its presence and to move with the freedom and confidence that they should always have.

Diapers may be noticed by others through size or sound.  In a particularly quiet place, it may be easier to hear the materials of the diaper rustling.  The problem is not that others will ask where the sound is coming from, it is that the person wearing the diaper will notice the sound no matter how quiet it is, and that person will think that everyone else can hear.  It is the human condition to believe that everyone is thinking about you and not themselves when the reverse is usually true.  That makes the sounds – whether or not they can be heard by someone not wearing the diaper – a source of discomfort and a blow to self-confidence. 

Incontinence pads cannot solve every incontinence problem.  There are times when a diaper or pull-up is the better choice. However, there are times when an incontinence pad makes the best choice for the person.  It will help them maintain their dignity and still keep him or her dry.  Any time that a person feels restricted because of his or her incontinence issues, it is a commentary on what we value in our society.  Some might see it as a lack of control, but in reality, the root problems of incontinence are any fold.  Holding that against a person who is taking steps to prevent accidents and to be prepared for them should they occur is unjust.

Compare multiple brands of incontinence pads in order to find the right type of pads that will work well. Leak guards are the best for preventing urine from leaking out on your underwear and also on your clothing. Look for the incontinence pads that have leak protection but also help in pulling urine away from your body. You want the skin to be as dry and clean as possible in order to prevent skin irritation along with infections that can easily occur if you are not using the right type of pad.

Incontinence pads are usually less expensive than the diapers. If you have a lot of urine loss, it may be a smart idea to increase the level of absorbency you need to prevent leaks. Adult diapers are another option that you can look toward in order to feel better about leak protection.

Watch this video. How to Choose the Right Incontinence Product.

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