I hope this does not come off as intrusive, but I am a design student looking to do my next project around incontinence and absorbent underwear as it affects so many people. If you are willing to share, I have a few questions that could help with my research:
– What are your preferred terms for the products you use (eg. incontinence underwear, absorbent underwear)?
– What are the main issues with products that are currently available?
– What product works best for you (eg. pads, underwear…), and why?
– Is washable/reusable absorbent underwear appealing to you? This already seems to be popular for children’s nappies and period products, but I have also seen a couple of brands that offer underwear for light bladder leaks targeted primarily at women.
– Does the idea of specially designed trousers sound appealing? These could offer either a second layer of protection, help mask the shape of underwear, or provide easier access.
I usually call them diapers.
I use disposable tabbed diapers for night time and pull-ups for daytime at home or in the office, as I usually have easy access to a toilet that I can reach in minutes. The pull-up is for emergencies when I can’t and I change after one accident. I also use full diapers when I’m out and there might not be an toilet in easy access. (Driving for longer periods for example.)
Although I use washable products with my daughter, it is too bulky for my needs to be discreet enough. Also, I would need to carry the wet (and stinky) ones home, and hiding a smelly diaper in my pack is not easy. So I keep the disposable ones. Also I tried them for night use, but weren’t comfortable enough to let me sleep.
I would be interested in specifically designed trousers with added layer of protection, if and only they still look fashionable and the price is not significantly higher then regular trousers’.