Incontinence pads are the most popular option for leakage protection. With more advanced discreet designs in the market, the number of options available is increasing.
How Do Incontinence Pads Work?
Let’s start by seeing what is inside an incontinence pad.
Each incontinence pad features an acquisition layer which promotes the first passage of urine through the inner core of the pad. The core usually also contains a super absorbent powder.
Incontinence pads also feature odour technology that helps prevent the formation of odours and maintains a healthy skin PH.
The basic requirements of pads are the following:
- Ability to contain leakage
- Provides a discreet design
- Ability to contain smell
- Keeps the skin dry and reduces irritation
- Is soft and provides comfort to the skin
What is it Designed from?
Fiber material made of polypropene/polyethylene polyester/viscose.
Absorbs the liquid and keeps you dry and comfortable
Porous material featuring wood fiber or polyester fiber
Moves liquid from the surface of the pad to the centre
Paper pulp and superabsorbents for pads and panty liners. In some products, porous paper-based material is used.
Absorbs and stores the liquids.
The adhesive strip consists of various polymers and synthetic resins.
The adhesive strip is essential for binding together the product layers and attaches the product to your underwear
This is designed from polyethylene film
Extra protection to prevent leakage
Keeps the product in place
Provides comfort and ensures a good fit
Fragrance (only certain products)
Gives the product a fresh smell.
Silicone coated paper.
A paper that protects the adhesive on the back of the product.
Our video below demonstrates the speed of absorption in incontinence pads:
This video demonstrates further demonstrates how an incontinence pad works:
Types of Incontinence Pads
Incontinence pads are available in different designs, depending on the severity of incontinence. They can also differ depending on whether they are designed for faecal or urinary incontinence. When choosing a pad, you should base your decision on how much absorbency you need and how comfortable the product is.
Small Shaped Pads
Small shaped pads are designed for light to moderate incontinence. They can be worn inside your normal underwear and are discreet and small. You can also small shaped pads that are designed just for faecal incontinence.
Large Shaped Pads
Large shaped pads are suitable for moderate to heavy incontinence. Like small shaped pads, they can be worn with your normal underwear. Some large shaped pads for heavy incontinence are also suitable for faecal smearing.
Insert pads can be used inside protective products to increase their absorbency. They can also be used as inserts within washable pants or on their own as light incontinence products.
Incontinence slips are all in ones that feature fixation tabs for security. They are designed for heavy to severe incontinence and can be worn on their own. Incontinence slips can be used for both faecal and urinary incontinence.
Belted Incontinence Slips
Belted incontinence pads are another design of all in one that feature belts rather than fixation tabs. Like incontinence slips, they can be worn on their own and are suitable for faecal and urinary incontinence.