Incontinence pads or pants – How to choose the best solution for you

Date: 28/09/20

The huge range of incontinence products that are available can be bewildering, especially if you are new to the condition and are already struggling to come to terms with all the physical and emotional aspects of incontinence. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone; your GP, health worker or continence specialist nurse will be able to help you find the right product for you, and you can always chat with the friendly experts at IncoDirect for advice.

Test drive your protection

While the choice of products may be daunting, there really is no pressure because you can try a number of different options and you can always change your choice at any time. IncoDirect are happy to provide free samples of the best incontinence pads for you to try, and we can supply small quantities for you to fully ‘test drive’ your choice before committing to a larger order. For all the advice available to you, nothing beats trying out the products for yourself.

Pants or pads?

One of the biggest decisions is whether to go with pads or pants. IncoDirect have a range of the best incontinence pads. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, as well as implications for cost and convenience. There are no right or wrong choices and you need to consider carefully which is best for you.

Benefits of pads

  • They can go in your normal underwear
  • They cover a range of absorbencies
  • They are fitted for comfort
  • They are quick and easy to change
  • They are less costly than disposable pants

Drawbacks of pads

  • They can be bulkier than pants
  • They are less discreet in high absorbencies
  • They are not as secure against leaks
  • They don’t suit a very active lifestyle
  • They create considerable waste

Benefits of pants

  • They can look just like underwear
  • They are very discreet, even in high absorbencies
  • Washable pants reduce waste
  • They are very secure with elasticated legs and waist
  • They suit an active lifestyle

Drawbacks of pants

  • You can’t just change the absorbent part
  • They can be difficult to change for the less mobile
  • Disposable pants can be an expensive solution
  • Disposable pants create extra waste

How to choose your product

Your choice of incontinence product not only depends on a number of factors, it will also depend on which of these factors is most important to you. If you need help from a family member or a carer to change your product, then it is important to think of their needs as well as your own. You need to consider:

  • The level of absorbency you need – pads and pants can range from 200ml, to several litres, with some products designed for constant dribbles and others sudden releases
  • The level of discretion required – is the look of the product as important as its performance?
  • How active you are – pants may give greater freedom and flexibility than pads
  • The ease of changing – pull up pants are fine for mobile people, but all-in-one pants or pads may be better for the elderly or infirm

Take the time to get it right

Finding the right product for you can make a world of difference when it comes to not only living with incontinence but living life to the full. It will give you the comfort and confidence you need to get on with your day to day life, putting you in control of your incontinence instead of your incontinence being in control of you. So, take the time to choose wisely, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different solutions until you find the one that is right for you.

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