FAQ - General
1. Will it be visible through my clothing?
Generally not through loose-fitting clothing, depending on the type of pad.
2. Which incontinence products can be used for bowel incontinence?
Briefs (either disposable or reusable) provide the most complete protection available and are designed to handle bowel incontinence.
3. Are there products available in extra large sizes?
Some pants and briefs are available in extra large sizes, but availability may be limited.
4. What should I wear over the product?
When using pads with adhesive backing, you must wear either your regular underwear or reusable incontinence underwear. With more complete products, such as belted undergarments, it is up to the wearer. For some people, wearing underwear provides an added sense of security.
5. Which side of the pad goes against my skin?
The side that goes against your body is the soft, absorbent side. The back side of incontinence products is usually a smooth plastic or other waterproof surface. The waterproof outer layer keeps liquid from leaking of the pad. You can also check the directions that came with the product for more specific information.
6. How often should I change the product?
Depending on the amount of liquid (voids), products should be changed frequently to avoid skin breakdown. Keep in mind that each person's level of incontinence is unique depending on diet, medication and other such factors.
7. Why do I experience leakage with some products?
Any product will leak if it is worn too long or if your void is too heavy. Make sure the product is changed frequently and fits well (if you're wearing a brief, be certain to measure your waist and/or hips to ensure that you purchase the correct size). If you continue to experience leakage, consider moving up to a product with a higher absorbency level.
8. What is the difference between these products and a sanitary pad?
The sanitary pad was designed to absorb menses, which is thicker and can be absorbed at a slower rate than urine. Incontinence pads have a specially designed cover (the side closest to the skin) and special materials inside to absorb urine quickly and pull it away from the skin. For this reason, a sanitary pad is not as effective as an incontinencepad for urinary incontinence.
9. How can I make this pad stick better?
Make certain to press the pad firmly into your underwear. Sometimes, if enough pressure is not applied, the pad will not stick and will move around. This may cause the product to be uncomfortable to wear and can result in leakage. When using an insertable pad, it is recommended that men wear briefs rather than boxer shorts. Briefs provide more of a surface area for the pad to stick to.
10. Will insurance or a government agency pay for incontinence products?
Check with your healthcare provider as this varies by insurance plan and by state of residence.