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Absorbent Products for Urinary Incontinence

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Treatment Overview

Absorbent products are items that absorb urine, such as adult diapers, plastic-coated underwear, pads, or panty liners that attach to underwear. Most commercially available items are disposable (such as Depend or Poise). Some absorbent cloths can be washed and reused. Drip collectors that fit over the penis are also available.

Absorbent products may be used to manage any form of incontinence. Bladder control pads are a better choice than menstrual pads. Bladder control pads are made to absorb fluid faster, so they keep you dry and comfortable. And they are designed to reduce the odor of urine.

What To Expect

Absorbent products do not cure incontinence. But they may be used for any duration of time. Skin irritations may be a recurring problem if soiled or wet absorbent products have extended contact with the skin.

Why It Is Done

Absorbent products may be used if:

Absorbent products also may be used:

How Well It Works

Absorbent products are an effective way to relieve the embarrassment and discomfort of urine leakage.

Risks

When using absorbent products:

What To Think About

Absorbent products are available in various forms. They can be found in many drugstores and markets.

Credits for Absorbent Products for Urinary Incontinence

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Avery L. Seifert, MD, FACS - Urology


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