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 odour of urine.
What To Expect After Treatment
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:
Your incontinence is not a significant
disruption in your life.
You are waiting for another treatment for
incontinence to take effect.
Your incontinence cannot be treated by
You prefer to use absorbent products rather than
medicines or surgery.
Absorbent products also may be used:
When you first begin exercises or behavioural
treatment methods. Absorbent products can help manage incontinence until the
treatment begins to take effect.
While you recover from
During other periods in which protection may be needed
while you are pursuing other treatment.
If you are not a candidate
for other forms of treatment.
How Well It Works
Absorbent products are an effective way to relieve the
embarrassment and discomfort of urine leakage.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology