Absorbent pads are the most commonly used product for absorbing and containing both light and moderate/heavy leakage. They generally work well for most people and are easy to use, although they are less popular with men 1

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If you are unsure how heavily you leak and would like some help and advice, read amount of leakage.

More likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
  • Actually, they suit most women
  • Your skin is severely damaged in the pad area

Top Tips

  1. Elderly persons diagnosed with dementia may have a problem with night time incontinence (wetting the bed), and unless closely supervised may forget to use waterproof incontinence wear at bed time. Useful tip- leave their pads - and plastic pants - if needed with their night clothes ready on the bed so they cannot be missed. Alternatively a stack of pads and plastic pants in plain view by the bedside will act as a reminder that they need to use a pad and help prevent accidents.
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  3. Recycle plastic supermarket bags for disposing of used pads - best if you double bag!
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  5. Ask the manufacturers to please identify the sticky backs of pads with a dark colour. It will help people with impaired eyesight or when one has fumbled and dropped a pad, to find the right side to adhere to pants.
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  7. Keep different sizes of pad – larger for long journeys or times when you cannot easily change your pad and smaller pads for when you can change to have a more discreet option
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  9. Check the pad manufacturers' websites for fitting guides
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  11. Scented disposal bags can smell as bad as used pads! Try using ordinary small bin bags.
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  13. Plastic backed (PE) nappies are not only more secure but you can also use Duck Tape to add extra security at night when the tapes can peel off when tossing & turning.
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Incontinence can often be cured. Incontinence is a problem with one or more underlying causes that can often be cured or improved. Whatever your age seeking help is always advisable. Take the first step to getting help by contacting a health professional or continence organisation in your country.

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