Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects millions of individuals in the United States. Trying to find a way to control the condition without medication or surgery is easier than one may think. A variety of incontinence products on the market can be used for hygienic purposes.
Absorbent products are often used for patients with bladder conditions that result in the leakage or uncontrollable flow of urine. These products are designed to be sufficiently absorbent, help control odors associated with the urine, and to hold this absorbed urine for a significant time period. Proper absorbency is essential to help keep the moisture away from the skin and avoid rashes and irritation.
The most commonly used incontinence products include liners, pads, and undergarments.
Liners are lighter, thinner, and created to hold small amounts of urine. Liners are placed inside of the undergarment with a sticky back to stay in place, and are perfect for those who experience light incontinence when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
We do not recommend panty liners as they can be irritating.
Pads for bladder control are thicker and longer. They are meant to absorb more amounts of urine than a liner. These are placed inside the undergarment with an adhesive back. These are created for individuals who have conditions including urge incontinence, and may not be necessary for those with minor stress incontinence.
Individuals seeking full coverage and control for bladder problems may consider the benefits of disposable undergarments. These are worn instead of underwear, and they provide coverage of the entire area. These are best for individuals with severe bladder leakage and incontinence. They often include a waterproof lining on the outside to keep clothing from becoming wet, and can provide odor and urine absorbance unsurpassed by liners and pads.
Dr. Gandhi, urogynecologist at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology, also offers a variety of behavioral interventions, medications, and surgical procedures to address incontinence and bladder problems for patients of all ages. Many prefer the use of sanitary products to help control the odor and moisture associated with urinary incontinence before treatment or while undergoing behavioral modifications. These products are available at his practice, or at drugstores.