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The Right One – Choosing the Right Incontinence Product

The Right One – Choosing the Right Incontinence Product

There are hundreds of incontinence products available in the market. But the biggest dilemma is to choose the one that fits your needs. Here are a few tips to get you through comfortably so that choosing a product is not an issue ever again:

The One That Matches the Level of Incontinence! - The first step is to determine the level of incontinence. It's best if they also keep in mind whether they want products that are reusable or disposable. A simple list is given below for determining a person's level of urinary incontinence:

  • Light - drizzling and occasional urine release
  • Moderate –large releases of urine but not a full bladder
  • Heavy - release of a full bladder in the daytime
  • Overnight - release of urine throughout the night
  • Fecal - loss of bowel control

The One that Fits Right! - The next step while choosing the right incontinence product is an important one. Once the person has identified the brand and style that they want, and identified the single product that will work best, it's time to choose a size. To determine what product size to select, carefully measure the waist and hip size of the person. Use the larger of the two measurements to select the size to use. Carefully use the given table in the product's description to choose the correct size. It is important to remember every brand and style may have a slightly different fit and measurement for a particular size. Don't depend on a stated size being the same measurements for every manufacturer. For example, a medium in one product might not be the same size as a medium in a different brand of product. A snug fit around the legs is important to help prevent urine and/or fecal leakage.

Always Consider the Gender! - People are many a time surprised to see that many incontinence products are gender specific. Many manufacturers develop gender specific incontinence products in order to protect the areas where each gender needs it the most. Maybe not every incontinence product is gender specific but you should take the gender of the user into consideration so that you can choose the right incontinence product for them. Having the protection where the user needs it the most can make the right incontinence product much more effective.

Is it Discreet Enough? - Discreteness is very important part of the precaution to many people dealing with incontinence. If discreteness is important for you, there are several options available. One of the options is to use a cloth-like outer covering, which helps numbing the sound of plastic. Earlier all incontinence products came with a plastic backing, but today cloth-like backing is more common. Also, some manufacturers have developed a compact core to reduce the weight of the products. Another choice is to wear loose clothing so the product does not show clearly. Then there are the reusable underwear and panties with built in padding or pouches for the padding.

 

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