Abri-San Special: The Bowel Incontinence Expert

"I thought I was going to lose it,
taking care of my Dad." 
People all over the world are similar in many respects and dealing with incontinence is no different culturally. A Danish company has developed a pad specifically designed for bowel incontinence. Read Mary’s true story...

“I thought I was going to lose it, 
taking care of my Dad."  

Mary is a real customer who called us one day, saying that she was going to lose her mind trying to take care of her father who was experiencing accidental bowel leakage (not her words… ours - hers were much harsher). She said she had tried all the regular products sold in the stores and found that nothing worked.

She spent way too much time cleaning up and doing laundry. The biggest issue she told us was dealing with her father’s dignity. She remembers him as a big, strong man and now that she is one of his caregivers, maintaining his personal dignity is most important.

She called us to see if we had any ideas. So we suggested a newer product we were importing from Denmark called Abri-San Special, a product specifically designed for bowel incontinence and the only one like it in the world. She tried a sample and then purchased a case. That was over a year ago. She now uses them on a regular basis and tells us they really helped. They aren’t a miracle product - nothing is - but they work better than all the other products she tried.

Definition of Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL) or Fecal Incontinence (FI)

Accidental bowel leakage (ABL) is the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum. In medical literature, ABL has been referred to as fecal incontinence, yet for many people, there has been no term to describe this condition and they have simply referred to it as anal leakage, bowel incontinence or simply having a leaky bowel.


Fecal incontinence is a vastly under reported but fairly common problem. It is often associated with considerable costs due to the high frequency of changing and the resources needed for cleaning up after episodes of fecal loss. For the user, embarrassing situations caused by leakage have a negative impact on their quality of life and often leads to social isolation.

You might not guess it, but as many as one in ten adult women have experienced accidental loss of stool in the past year. It’s a common problem, even if it’s not a common topic of conversation. Accidental loss of stool is sometimes associated with an intense urge to rush to the bathroom, or it can happen with no warning. Bowel control problems particularly affect women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth, or nerve or muscle damage in the pelvic region. As there are multiple causes for bowel control problems, effective treatment is particularly difficult and many times invasive.

There are over 20 million women of all ages in the U.S that suffer from some sort of bowel control problems, over 8 million of them experiencing accidents on a monthly or more frequent basis. Because this is a condition that can be embarrassing and debilitating, women often withdraw from social and professional activities, which have a dramatic effect on their quality of life. The majority of women suffer in silence and do not seek treatment for their condition.

Abena Abri-San Special - The Bowel Incontinence Specialist

Abri-San Special, made in Denmark by a company named Abena, are far superior to the brand here in the U.S. you may be familiar with – Always Discreet or Depend. Abena’s Abri-San pad is up to 1.5 times more absorbent than the Always Discreet. 

Abena Abri-San Special
The Bowel Incontinence Specialist
Bowel incontinence is not a one size fits all problem. Abena Abri-San Special are specially designed to meet the unique challenges associated with bowel incontinence.
  • Its specially designed for incontinence - the only one like it in the world
  • It includes leakage barriers on both sides
  • There are built in pockets or grooves to contain BM, even when BM is released under pressure. The unique groves down the center of the pad better contain runny BM.
  • Full breathability for excellent skin health (especially when coming into contact with feces.
  • Anatomically shaped for a comfortable fit.
  • Unique top dry system providing a dry surface and improved skin health
  • Super-absorbent - locks in moisture, keeping skin dry and healthy.
  • Soft, comfortable and noiseless with a cottony feel improving skin health
  • Latex-free and non-chlorine bleached - excellent for sensitive skin
The Abri-San Special pad
The pad is designed to allow frequent changes. Abri-San Special is based on the cost effective two piece system, minimizing product costs, even when changed frequently. We recommend using products from our Abri-Fix range when fitting Abri-San Special.

Because Abri-San pads are so absorbent, you won’t need to change them as often. While they may cost a little more initially, however using fewer of them will save you money in the long run. The benefits are cost in use, reduced laundry, improved skin health and the most important - maintaining dignity.

Better for the environment. Because Abena is located in Denmark, they are an ecologically sensitive company and recycle 95% of waste generated. Moreover, 50% of the materials used are sourced from renewable sources. What’s most important to you is the use of natural, skin sensitive ingredients. Not harsh chemical bleaching, dyes and inks. They also absorb better than all the leading brands.

The fecal incontinence experts. If you’re dealing with fecal incontinence, Abri-San Special is an excellent choice.

Further Reading: 

A Danish Twist on Adult Diapers and Incontinence

Why Abena is the Right Brand for Managing Incontinence

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