Sanitary Towels Not Designed for Adult Incontinence
It is not uncommon for sanitary towels to be used when someone is first starting to deal with light adult incontinence, especially if you already have them around the house. What you will quickly find, though, is that sanitary towels are not designed to handle incontinence, and your results are sure to be disappointing.
Sanitary towels are designed to handle fluid, but it is a different consistency with a different rate of flow, and this is why sanitary pads are not the best choice for handling the abrupt flow of urine. Sanitary pads simply are not designed to wick larger amounts of fluid quickly away from the body and trapping it within, so using a sanitary napkin in place of an incontinence pad is sure to result in leakage and embarrassment.
The good news is that there are a myriad of products on the market for managing light bladder incontinence right up through complete loss of bladder function. Products include incontinence pads, which look similar to a sanitary napkin but are constructed from very different materials, and padded underwear, which closely resemble regular underwear. Both types of products are available in disposable and washable versions. Different types and styles of products are appropriate for different lifestyles and levels of incontinence.
Light bladder weakness can affect people of all ages for many different reasons, so it need not be viewed as a life changing event. Try different products and see which ones work best as you go about your daily life. For example, you may select a disposable pad for your morning workout and a more comfortable, washable undergarment for your long day at work. Depending on your level of adult incontinence and your normal daily activities, you will find that some products work better for you than others. So don’t be afraid to try new products and mix and match the ones that let you live your life without the worry of embarrassing accidents.
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