Incontinence pads range from light absorbency for mild incontinence to highly absorbent pads that provide overnight protection. Some products are specially designed for urinary incontinence and others for bowel incontinence — and some of them can be used for both.
Most incontinence pads have an adhesive backing that sticks to your underwear to keep the pad in place and make them more comfortable and discreet.
Belted pads are incontinence pads that have a belt at the waist. Think of it as an adult diaper stripped down to the bones. While belted pads look similar to male guards, they’re designed to accommodate both genders.
Pant liners offer added assurance for men and women who need mild protection for stress or other incontinence. They’re similar in design to pantiliners for menstrual protection.
Incontinence liners provide moderate protection against urine or bowel leakage. They are much larger than pads and they come in large squares. They don’t have an adhesive backing (like traditional incontinence pads) or tabs (like adult diapers). The material is thin, but absorbent, so you can wear them inside traditional underwear.
With the shape and fit of athletic cups, male guards capture urine and dribbles from the front where men are most likely to leak.
Just like menstrual pads, incontinence pads for women range in absorbency from light to overnight.
Bowel pads are designed with unique barriers to protect against both urinary and bowel incontinence, bowel pads can withstand high pressure. The thin breathable back sheet protects the skin while the top layer of the pad draws in leaks to keep skin dry. Many of these pads also come with a built-in wetness indicator so you can avoid unnecessary changes.
Cautionary Note: Incontinence pads are designed solely for use with traditional underwear. Do not use them with overnight pull-ups or adult diapers. Instead, choose booster pads when you need added protection for use with pull-ups or adult diapers.