Are washable Incontinence Pads more econominal than disposable pads

Incontinence challenges both the incontinent and the family when it comes to management of this condition. Suffering from this situation is not an easy thing to live with; self-pity, low morale, rejection, ridicule and many other negative responses dominate the life of the incontinent. The family also suffers mixed responses in equal proportion to the attitude of the sufferer. When it comes to incontinence care, misunderstanding is no stranger. The patient and the care giver may disagree or argue about what kind of products to use, washable incontinence pads or disposable pads, pants or urine collectors, external or internal device, the area of conflict is huge.

Before choosing a kind of incontinence product it is always recommended to get the expert opinion of a professional health care provider or a continence expert. They are the ones who can best determine the level of your incontinence and the kind of intervention and management that is best for you. Some incontinence can be reversed without the benefit of medication, exercises like the Kegel Exercise routine to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles weakened by pregnancy or obesity in women and prostate inflammation in men. Other types of incontinence go away with time and can be managed expertly using incontinence products.

When all these issues are settled and your course of action is mapped out for you it is now time to choose the kind of incontinence products to buy. Most commonly used is the incontinence pad that is available in all sizes and shapes, thickness and absorbency. For light incontinence there are disposable slim pad inserts to be used with reusable pants. These pads are 100% disposable and you can easily dispose of after use. Disposable incontinence pads are convenient for travel and sports activities. But not all people with incontinence prefer the disposable pads because most of these pads are made of plastic backing that irritates the skin.

Washable pads on the other hand are made of soft fabric either cotton or flannel that do not rub on the skin and cause rashes. The pads are made of layers of highly absorbent natural materials designed to give utmost comfort to the wearer. Urine is absorbed through the layers of highly porous materials and liquid is contained within the bottom of the pad keeping the genital area generally dry. The pad can be easily replaced and hand washed or machine washed and reused many times until it is worn out, truly cost effective. Reusable incontinence pads are economical and environment–friendly.

Before you decide on what to choose, try weighing the advantages and the disadvantages of using disposables or washable incontinence pads. After all, your comfort is the top priority and the sooner you get back to your normal life the better for you and your family.

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