Incontinence 101: Choosing the Right Product for You
In America, a quarter to a third of the population suffers from incontinence. However, we know incontinence is not a one size fit all issue. For some people, it is a constant struggle requiring maximum coverage. For others, it is an annoyance that occurs from time to time. With the vast variety of products on the market it can be difficult to figure out which product is right for you and your body.
The first step to determining which incontinence product is right for you, is establishing your incontinence level. Generally, there are five different levels of incontinence:
- Light- occasional leakage or urine release
- Moderate- greater release of bladder but not completely emptied
- Heavy- complete release of the bladder in daytime hours
- Overnight- release of urine throughout the night
- Fecal- release of bowel movement
Once you decide on the category of incontinence you fit into, there are many other factors to consider.
Reusable or Disposable
Initially, reusable products seem more expensive than disposable products. However, in the long run they are the more economical option because they are designed for multiple uses. Reusable products come in sizes designed for all the levels of incontinence and can be laundered after use. Reusable products are usually designed with a moisture-controlling fabric resembling regular undergarments for comfort. Overall, reusable products tend to be less absorbent than the disposable option and can be bulkier. This may be the best option if you experience occasional leakage and don’t require heavy protection
Disposable products offer even more versatility than reusable products and can simply be thrown away after use, reducing maintenance. Many of these products are designed with a highly absorbent core to draw urine away from the skin to provide comfort for the wearer. While they are less expensive upfront, these products are single use and require users to constantly replace them. Because of their liquid absorbing and odor reducing technology, disposable products are a great option if you are experiencing heavy incontinence.
It is important to understand the different terminology associated with incontinence products to get the best product for your needs.
Protective Undergarment: This is the overarching term to categories all different types of protective underwear and briefs.
Protective Underwear: These products are associated with the “pull-up” style. Protective underwear come in both disposable and reusable varieties. These are best for users who are active and mobile.
Adult Briefs: Adult briefs are also known as “adult diapers.” These products tend to be better for users who require heavy or overnight coverage because they are extra-absorbent. They are suitable for wearers who have limited mobility or require assistance from a caretaker. Briefs feature refastenable side tabs which make them easy to change from while seated or lying down.
The final step in finding your perfect product is determining the size you require. To establish your size, measure your waist and hip. Use the larger of the two measurements to select your product. It is essential to look at each individual product description to see where your measurement fits into the sizing chart. Sizes vary from brand to brand. A medium could be a 44’’ for one product but a 34” for different brand. The most important factor is a snug fit around the legs to prevent urine or fecal leakage.
Once you determine what you product you need for your incontinence ordering online is the easiest and most private way to purchase. Expressmed.com offers a wide range of products at the best prices available. If you have any concerns or questions about our products, our customer service representatives are ready and willing to help you find exactly what you need.