There are many products to help you manage urinary incontinence. You can decide which product to choose based on:
INSERTS AND PADS
You may have tried using sanitary pads to manage urine leaks. However, these products aren't made to absorb urine. So they don't work as well for that purpose.
Pads made for urine leaks can soak up a lot more fluid than sanitary pads. They also have a waterproof backing. These pads are meant to be worn inside your underwear. Some companies make reusable, washable cloth liners or pads that are held in place by waterproof pants.
ADULT DIAPERS AND UNDERWEAR
If you leak a lot of urine, you may need to use adult diapers.
Reusable underpants may help save money.
PRODUCTS FOR MEN
PRODUCTS FOR WOMEN
BED AND CHAIR PROTECTION
KEEP YOUR SKIN DRY
When you used these products, it's important to protect your skin. Skin can break down when in contact with urine for a long time.
WHERE TO BUY URINARY INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS
You can find most products at your local drugstore, supermarket, or medical supply store. Ask your health care provider for a list of incontinence care products.
The National Association for Continence may be able to help you find products. Call toll-free at 1-800-BLADDER or visit the website: www.nafc.org. You can buy their Resource Guide that lists products and services along with mail order companies.
Adult diapers; Disposable urinary collection devices
Updated by: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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