Different Methods of Incontinence Protection

Incontinence protection products, also known as containment products, are in essence absorbent products that do not cure urinary incontinence but offer protection from the embarrassing leaks. There is a wide variety of incontinence protection products available to cater to the needs of males and females of all ages who are suffering from urinary incontinence. Most of these products are disposable, but there are some re-usable cloth products available for purchase at large retail stores and online. Most disposable incontinence protection products use a technology that absorbs the leaked urine turning it into a gel-like substance. This prevents the discomfort and embarrassing feeling of wetness associated with urinary incontinence.

The choice of starting to use absorbent products is usually a tough one. Doctors are often reluctant to prescribe absorbent pads, which are the most frequently used type of containment products, because of the stigma associated with them. Young females with stress incontinence are the number one candidates for absorbent pads. Females are accustomed to using sanitary pads in times of menstruation so they have less psychological resistance to using them. In fact, the main disadvantage of using incontinence pads in this female population is that they may develop a dependency on the pads and refuse to seek or engage in any form of active treatment. This is especially true if the incidence of leakage is not high and the amount of urine that usually leaks is not large.

Men with incontinence, however, find incontinence protection pads very offensive, because there is often an unconscious link to sanitary pads used by females. Therefore, incontinence products manufacturers have designed a full range of products with male needs in mind. There is a sheath, condom like, collection device that can be fitted over the penis and emptied regularly. These are known as condom catheters. These external condom catheters are usually made of latex and are held in place by foam clamps or by a gentle adhesive. Males using these condom catheters find that they are very discrete and contain the leaked urine very well. To get the maximum benefit out of condom catheters, they have to be fit snugly to the penis, so choosing the right size is important. Males should also be aware that condom catheters increase the risk of urinary tract infection slightly. Also, changing the condom catheter regularly is imperative to reduce the risk of balanitis, or infection of the tip, or the glans, of the penis. Another potential concern with sheaths is dislodgement. If the male is very active, or the sheath has not been fitted properly, dislodgement may occur causing accidental leakage of the stored urine.

Finally, the ultimate incontinence protection product undoubtedly is the protective undergarment, also known as the adult diaper. The term “diaper” is preferentially avoided not only because of the stigma but also because it is not entirely correct. Full protective undergarments are not manufactured with the same principles as baby diapers. Adult protective undergarments are designed to be close-fitting, not bulky like a diaper. Many of these protective undergarments are also equipped with a pouch for the easy insertion and removal of an additional absorbent pad.

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