The Features of Various Urinary Incontinence Products
As the body ages, the muscles start to lose their ability to contract and release properly. This is the case for millions of people suffering from urinary incontinence. When you have involuntarily loss of urine from the bladder, it can lead to embarrassment and can even lead to depression. Learning how to buy the right urinary incontinence products can help you to regain your dignity as you manage your condition discretely. Here are some of the products available in the market for incontinence.
Pads and Inserts
There are absorbent and disposable inserts that look like sanitary napkins and which have a waterproof backing. The inserts are placed on the inner part of the underwear and they protect against leakage. There are also pads or cloth liners that can be washed and reused and which are designed to be worn together with waterproof pants.
Adult Diapers and Protective Underwear
People with higher incontinence levels are better off using adult diapers to protect against leakage. Some adult diapers are reusable while others are disposable. The diapers are generally designed to provide a snug fit on the wearer’s body. The adult diapers may also have leg gathers containing an elastic band, which are meant to enhance the diaper’s fit and further protect against leakage.
Reusable adult diapers enable one to save money over the long-term. They are designed to look and feel like normal undergarments except that the crotch area is made of waterproof material. A reusable and highly absorbent liner is placed inside the undergarment and washed after use. Other liners are disposable.
Some reusable adult diapers are designed to be as absorbent as disposable diapers. No extra pads are required for use with these undergarments. Instead, the crotch of the undergarments is designed to draw fluids away from the surface and into its core. These diapers provide protection for varying levels of incontinence.
Other reusable adult diapers are made of cloth and are washable, while some have a contour shape for a better fit and a plastic cover for greater protection. There are also waterproof pants that can be worn over the user’s undergarments to provide even more protection against leakage.
Male Urinary Incontinence Products
One of the available male urinary incontinence products is the drip collector, which is a small absorbent pocket with a waterproof backing. This drip collector is placed over the penis and secured in place by underwear that is close-fitting. A drip collector is best suited for use by men who constantly leak a little urine.
Another product for men is the condom catheter device that is worn over the penis in a manner similar to that of a condom. At the end of the catheter is a tube that is connected to a bag meant for urine collection and which is attached to the leg. The device is easy to use, ensures very little irritation of the skin and is ideal for handling urine volumes that can either be small or large.
There is also the Cunningham clamp which is a soft clamp placed on the penis. The purpose of the clamp is to keep the urethra closed until such a time when it can be released to facilitate passing of urine. It takes some time to get used to, but given the fact that it is reusable, it ends up in the long run being the most economical option available.
Protection of Furnishings
It is possible to protect furnishings such as mattresses and chairs with underpads. These are flat pads that are highly absorbent. The underpads have a waterproof backing to keep fluids from leaking through them. They can either be reusable or disposable. Some underpads also draw the moisture to the core so that it does not remain at the surface and in contact with the person’s skin. This helps protect the person’s skin from irritation or breakdown.
Buying the right urinary incontinence products can help you to manage your condition in the right way and will help you to prevent embarrassing issues from happening once again.