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Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
Pads
  • Actually, they suit most women
  • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
  • You are most concerned about reliably containing leakage
  • Low cost is a priority for you
  • Discretion is a priority for you
  • Low cost is a priority for you
  • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
  • Low cost is a priority for you
  • Your leakage is very light
  • You do not have adequate laundry facilities
  • You are unwilling to use washable products
  • You are not prepared to carry used products when out
  • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
  • Low cost is a priority for you
  • Your leakage is very light
  • You do not have adequate laundry facilities
  • You are unwilling to use washable products
  • You are not prepared to carry used products when out
  • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
Female Devices
  • You mainly have stress urinary incontinence
  • You have good hand control
  • You have good memory and mental function
  • Using a device (as opposed to a pad) is acceptable to you
  • Preventing leakage is more important to you than containing it
  • Your leakage is mainly associated with urgency
  • Urinary tract infection is a major concern for you
Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
Pads
  • Actually, they suit most women
  • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
  • You are female
  • Discretion is a priority for you
  • You want a product which is easy to put on
  • You can stand up (with assistance if necessary) but can't change your own pad
  • Your leakage is very heavy
  • You are mobile and active
  • You are female
  • Discretion is a priority for you
  • You want a product which is easy to put on
  • You can stand up (with assistance if necessary) but can't change your own pad
  • You are most concerned about reliably containing leakage
  • You find removal of clothing for changing the pad difficult
  • Low cost is a priority for you
  • You need a product for use at night and need help with pad changing
  • Your leakage is very heavy
  • You are unable to stand to change the pad
  • Discretion is a priority for you
  • You are most concerned about reliably containing leakage
    • Your leakage is very heavy particularly at night
    • You do not have adequate laundry facilities
    • You are unwilling to use washable products
    • Discreetness and apperance are priorities for you
    Indwelling Catheters
    • Your leakage is associated with urinary retention
    • You (or a helper) are unable to do clean intermittent catheterisation
    • You have found pads to be unsuccessful or inappropriate
    • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
    • Your urethra is damaged
    • You have poor memory and mental function
    • Urinary tract infection is a major concern  for you

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    Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
    Pads
    • Actually, they suit most men
    • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
    • Discretion is a priority for you
    • Using a specifically male product is important to you
    • You have penile retraction
    • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
    • Actually, they suit most men
      • Low cost is a priority for you
      • You are happy to use a unisex product
        • Your leakage is very light
        • Low cost is a priority for you
        • You are mobile and active
        • You do not have adequate laundry facilities
        • You are unwilling to use washable products
        • You are not prepared to carry used products when out
        • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
        Sheaths
        • You wish to avoid using pads
        • Using a device (as opposed to a pad or catheter) is acceptable to you
        • You wish to avoid the inconvenience of frequent pad changes
        • You have found indwelling catheters to be uncomfortable (sheaths tend to be more comfortable than indwelling catheters)
        • You have had a problem with infection with indwelling catheters (sheaths are associated with less infection than indwelling catheters)
        • You have good hand control
        • You have good memory and mental function
        • You have skin damage on or around the penis
        • Urinary tract infection is a major concern for you
        • You or your helper are unwilling or unable to fit the sheath
        Body-Worn Urinals
        • Using a device (as opposed to a pad) is acceptable to you
          Penile Compression Devices
          • Using a device (as opposed to a pad) is acceptable to you
          • You wish to prevent leakage for a specific period e.g. During exercise
          • You mainly have stress urinary incontinence
          • You feel motivated to try out the compression device
          • Preventing leakage is more important to you than containing it
          • Your leakage is mainly associated with urgency
          • You have poor memory and mental function
          • You have poor hand control
          • Your skin is vulnerable to damage
          • You usually do not get the sensation of needing to empty your bladder
          Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
          Pads
          • Actually, they suit most men, particularly if you are active
          • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
          • Discretion is a priority for you
          • You want a product which is easy to put on
          • You can stand up (with assistance if necessary) but can't change your own pad
          • Your leakage is very heavy
          • You are mobile and active
          • Discretion is a priority for you
          • You want a product which is easy to put on
          • You can stand up (with assistance if necessary) but can't change your own pad
          • You are most concerned about reliably containing leakage
          • You find removal of clothing for changing the pad difficult
          • You need a product for use at night and need help with pad changing
          • Low cost is a priority for you
          • You are male
          • Your leakage is very heavy
          • You are unable to stand to change the pad
          • Discretion is a priority for you
          • You are male
          • You are most concerned about reliably containing leakage
            • You are male
            • Your leakage is very heavy particularly at night
            • You are not prepared to carry used products when out
            • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
            • Discreetness and apperance are priorities for you
            Sheaths
            • You wish to avoid using pads
            • Using a device (as opposed to a pad or a catheter) is acceptable to you
            • You wish to avoid the inconvenience of frequent pad changes
            • You have found indwelling catheters to be uncomfortable (sheaths tend to be more comfortable than indwelling catheters)
            • You have had a problem with infection with indwelling catheters (sheaths are associated with less infection than indwelling catheters)
            • You have good hand control
            • You have good memory and mental function
            • You have skin damage on or around the penis
            • Urinary tract infection is a major concern  for you
            • You or your helper are unwilling or unable to fit the sheath
            Body-Worn Urinals
            • You wish to avoid using pads
            • Using a device (as opposed to a pad or a catheter) is acceptable to you
            • You are mobile and do not rely on a wheelchair
            • You are allergic to latex
            Penile Compression Devices
            • Using a device (as opposed to a pad) is acceptable to you
            • You wish to prevent leakage for a specific period e.g. During exercise
            • You mainly have stress urinary incontinence
            • You feel motivated to try out the compression device
            • Preventing leakage is more important to you than containing it
            • Your leakage is mainly associated with urgency
            • You have poor memory and mental function
            • You have poor hand control
            • Your skin is vulnerable to damage
            • You usually do not get the sensation of needing to empty your bladder
            Indwelling Catheters
            • Your leakage is associated with urinary retention
            • You (or a helper) are unable to do clean intermittent catheterisation
            • You have found pads to be unsuccessful or inappropriate
            • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area
            • Your urethra is damaged
            • You have poor memory and mental function
            • Urinary tract infection is a problem for you

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            Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
            Faecal Pads
            • Actually, they suit most men and women
            • You have skin problems in the anal area
            Faecal Collectors
            • You are very unwell
            • You are confined to bed e.g. Following surgery or a bowel procedure such as an enema
            • You have very loose or liquid faeces
            • Your skin is vulnerable to damage
            • You have skin problems in the anal area
            Anal devices
            • You wish to prevent leakage for a specific period e.g. During exercise or after an enema or rectal irrigation
            • Your leakage is associated with spina bifida, anorectal malformation, rectal sphincter damage / tear
            • You have disease of the bowel or rectum
            • You have spinal cord injury and are at risk from autonomic dysreflexia
            • Using a device is unacceptable to you
            • You feel use of an anal plug would disrupt a successful, established routine
            Rectal trumpets
            • You are very unwell
            • You have very loose or liquid faeces
            • You are confined to bed
            • Your skin is vulnerable to damage
            • You have skin problems in the anal area
            Rectal catheters
            • You are very unwell
            • You have very loose or liquid faeces
            • You are confined to bed
            • Your skin is vulnerable to damage
            • You have a wound which is highly likely to be contaminated by faeces
            • You have disease of the bowel or rectum, large haemorrhoids, anal stricture or stenosis
            • You have recently had rectal surgery or other damage to the rectum
            • You want a product for long term use
            Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
            Female Handheld Urinals
            • You have urgency, and poor mobility prevents you from accessing the toilet
            • You are able to stand or crouch
            • You are able to move to the edge of the chair or bed
            • You need to lie down or sit back in a chair
            Male Handheld Urinals
            • You have urgency, and poor mobility prevents you from accessing the toilet
            • You have reasonable hand control
            • You are unable to empty the urinal independently
            • Your balance is poor for standing use of the urinal
            • You have difficulty reaching forward and have impaired wrist function
            • You have poor memory and mental function
            Commodes
            • You have urgency, and poor mobility prevents you from accessing the toilet
            • Privacy is an issue e.g. When in hospital, when a shower chair may be preferable
            • You cannot use a commode safely (commodes can be unstable and tip backwards)
            Bedpans
            • You are unable to use any other alternative e.g. A commode or shower chair
              Product TypeMore likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
              Intermittent Catheters
              • You have a residual urine volume of more than 100ml
              • You (or your helper) find the idea of clean intermittent catheterisation (cic) acceptable
              • Your hand control is good enough to manage the required frequency of cic
              • Your memory and mental capacity are good enough to manage cic
              • You do not feel motivated to use the technique
              • Alternative non-invasive methods of managing your bladder are available
              Long-term indwelling catheters (LTC): general
              • You have urinary retention which cannot be managed satisfactorily using other methods e.g. Pads, other products or cic
              • You are unable to empty the urine drainage bag regularly (and don't have a helper who can do this for you)
              • Alternative non-invasive methods of managing your bladder are available
              • If avoiding urinary tract infection is a priority for you
              • You have poor memory and mental function, and may interfere  with the catheter
              • You are at risk from recurrent catheter encrustation and blockage
              Long-term indwelling catheters (LTC): urethal insertion
              • You find the idea of an ltc acceptable
              • Your urethra is damaged
              • You have haematuria where the cause is unknown
              • There is a high risk of the catheter being expelled through bladder spasm
              Long-term indwelling catheters (LTC): supra-pubic insertion
              • You find the idea of an ltc acceptable
              • You have haematuria where the cause is unknown
              • You have bladder cancer
              • You have a small capacity bladder (you are advised to discuss this with your health care professional)
              • You have a large abdomen
              Short-term indwelling catheters
              • Controlled bladder drainage is required after surgery
              • Monitoring of urine output is required
              • Irrigation of the bladder is required
              • Medication is to be inserted directly into the bladder
              • Bladder drainage is required for retention of urine
              • Alternative non-invasive methods of managing your bladder are  available
              • If avoiding urinary tract infection is a priority for you

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