Incontinence Products to Help Contain Leakage

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If you have been experiencing urinary incontinence, there are many products on the market which may help you contain urinary leakage. The product you use is one that works best for you individually, and you may need to try more than one type to determine which works best.

Listed below are types of incontinence products on the market and a basic explanation of what they are and how they work. 

Types of Incontinence Products

  • Liners
  • Pads
  • Protective Underwear/Pull-Ups
  • Fitted Briefs/Diapers
  • Underpads

Options for Moderate to Light Incontinence:


First, incontinence liners are generally for moderate and light incontinence. They come in varied levels of absorbency and lengths. These liners usually are used with, and held in place by, absorbent briefs or protective underwear. Further, there are options with or without adhesives to keep the incontinence liners in place.


Secondly, incontinence pads provide discrete protection from moderate or light incontinence. Therefore, you often wear them with regular underwear or with reusable incontinence briefs. In addition, these pads come in a variety of absorbencies and protect the skin from moisture. Pads come with and without adhesive.

Protective Underwear/Pull-Ups

Thirdly, protective incontinence underwear, or pull-ups, are one-piece garments using elastic for easy pull on and off. They offer various levels of absorbency to meet the needs of moderate to heavy incontinence. They are useful in the day and/or at night. In addition, some brands incorporate odor control elements.

Options for Moderate to Heavy Incontinence:

Fitted Briefs/Diapers

Generally, fitted incontinence briefs/adult diapers are for moderate to heavy incontinence. These are one-piece garments that come with and without elasticized legs. They can also have waistbands that are adjustable with adhesive, elastic or hook and loop closures. Fitted briefs are also available with outer materials of cloth or plastic for added protection.

Additional Options:


In addition to wearable incontinence products, disposable underpads can be used for backup protection. However, they are not recommended for use as sole protection against incontinence. Available in a variety of absorbencies, underpads offer bed and furniture protection and can also be used during general procedures and wound care.    

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