The Basics: Incontinence Products

Now that we know a little more about what incontinence is and who suffers from it ( ), we can begin to explore the various incontinence products available. These products that Legacy Medical Sales can provide for you include pads, briefs, diapers, furniture protection pads, catheters and more. Some trial and error is usually necessary to determine how well a specific product works and how comfortable it is to wear. You may find that one product is best for containing leaks overnight, another has a slimmer profile under clothing for outings during the day, and a third more flexible option is ideal for activities like walking and light exercise.

Pads and Liners- For mild to moderate incontinence:

The most popular product used are absorbent pads and liners worn inside underwear to soak up the urine. These products use the same technology as baby diapers and have a hydrophobic layer that wicks away moisture to keep your skin dry. 

Many women substitute sanitary pads for incontinence pads because they are cheaper, but they stay damp and can make your skin sore. 

Incontinence guards are often gender-specific for men. Guards are contoured to the male anatomy to provide improved incontinence protection.   

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Briefs (“adult diapers”) and Pull Ups- For moderate to severe incontinence:

Briefs are “baby style” diapers designed for moderate to heavy urine or bowel incontinence. Unlike baby diapers, they have two to three tape closures on each side instead of one. The backing is made from a waterproof, fibrous cloth-like material or a plastic (poly) material. And the padding is filled with gel-forming polymer for super absorbency. One of the biggest advantages compared to other adult incontinence products is the ability to use the bathroom or change the undergarment without entirely removing your pants.

Pull up diapers are disposable one-piece, absorbent underwear for men and women with elastic around the waist and legs to prevent leaks. They closely resemble ordinary underwear. Pull ups for adults made with SAP can absorb and retain a high volume of liquid while keeping you dry and confident. Pull ups are less bulky than briefs. 

The best place to start when trying to find the right fit for adult diapers is to take your measurements. Most adult diapers only require two measurements – the waist and hips. However, there are some products that take three measurements – the waist, hips, and thighs.

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Urinals, Bedpans, and Commodes- For severe leaks and immobile users:

A urinal, urine bottle, or male urinal is a bottle for urination. It is most frequently used in health care for patients who find it impossible or difficult to get out of bed during sleep. Urinals allow the patient who has cognition and movement of their arms to urinate without the help of others.

A bedpan is a container used to collect urine or feces, and it is shaped to fit under a person lying or sitting in bed. Bedpans can be made of plastic or metal, and some can be used with liners to prevent splashing and to make cleaning easier. 

Bedside commodes can assist by offering people recovering from surgeries or medical conditions, as well as people navigating mobility loss as they get older, a dignified way to establish a new normal and helps maintain a certain level of independence.

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Catheters- For post prostate surgery patients, urinary retention, urinary obstruction:

The process of catheterization prevents a difficult-to-empty bladder from becoming overly full and backing up into the kidneys.  This prevents kidney damage because these catheter drains urine from the bladder.

Clear intermittent catheter (CIC) is a procedure in which you learn to catheterize yourself when you need to urinate, by inserting a catheter into your urethra, usually about four times per day. The catheter is inserted and then the bladder is drained until it is time to urinate again. Clean intermittent catheterization is usually used by individuals who have difficulty emptying their bladder due to having a neurogenic bladder.

An indwelling catheter is a thin tube inserted into the urethra for long-term use.  The catheter drains urine into a bag that is either attached with a strap around a leg underneath pants or a skirt so that you can be active during the day, or it is hung from the side of a bed (generally used at night, or for those who remain in a bed for long periods of time).

A condom catheter is a urine collection device that fits like a condom over the penis, but also has a tube that goes to a collection bag strapped to your leg. Other names for this product include external urinary catheters, Texas catheters, and penile sheath catheters.

Other Urinary Incontinence Products:

There are miscellaneous incontinence products created to help reduce messes, infections, and embarrassment. 

To protect your furniture, mattress, and wheelchair there are reusable and disposable bed pads (sometimes called underpads). Reusable pads can be washed and reused over and over, and are an environmentally and frugal choice for many. Disposable underpads are convenient for outings and traveling.

A person with incontinence is not able to prevent urine and stool from leaking. This can lead to skin problems near the buttocks, hips, genitals, and between the pelvis and rectum (perineum). Excess moisture in these areas makes skin problems such as redness, peeling, irritation, and yeast infections likely. Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is a “form of irritant dermatitis that develops from chronic exposure to urine or liquid stool. To protect yourself from infection and sores there are many hygiene products such as wipes, barrier ointments, and perineal washes. 

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There are many product options when learning to deal with urinary incontinence. Determining the level of absorption you will need as well as the appropriate size can make your experience less frustrating. Still need help determining with product is best for you? Simply contact a sales representative at 1-800-446-7310 or email at