Adult Diapers

Adult Diapers 

The term “adult diapers” often triggers instant chuckles or snickers from most people. But for sufferers of incontinence, the threat of having “an accident” in public is no laughing matter. And unfortunately, it can be those everyday events such as laughing or sneezing that could lead to an embarrassing bladder leak. 


Fortunately, the methods of protection for such events have been updated to fit the modern lifestyles of those who suffer from overactive bladder or other such conditions. The bulky adult diapers used in nursing homes and hospitals are reserved for those with more severe forms of urinary and fecal incontinence. 


More commonly, young and middle-aged adults with incontinence only require products such as incontinence pads and cloth diapers—which can have the appearance of typical undergarments. These products are made from comfortable materials that are undetectable under clothing. 


Why You May Need Adult Diapers 

The two most common types of incontinence that can require the use of adult diapers are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Depending on the severity of an individual’s condition, he or she may employ the use of varying types of incontinence products available on the market. 


For those unfamiliar with the term, incontinence refers to the inability of a person to control his or her urge to either urinate or defecate. For most of us, holding it before we are ready to go or can find the appropriate facilities is second nature. But for those with weakened or overactive bladders, relieving themselves may require planning and preparedness. 


Stress Incontinence 

Stress incontinence is the most commonly occurring form of the condition. While not knowing when and where you will go can be stressful, in this case the term refers to the pressure on the bladder. If everyday activities such as laughing, sneezing or exercising leads to a leak or an accident, then you may suffer from this type of incontinence. 


Those with stress incontinence may require adult diapers or pads due to their pelvic floor muscles having been damaged through some form of trauma or just have been weakened with age. Some of the conditions that can lead to stress incontinence include:


  • Pregnancy and/or vaginal childbirth.
  • Age.
  • Prostate surgery.
  • Conditions that cause frequent coughing such as emphysema.

Urge Incontinence

Millions of Americans suffer from a milder form of incontinence known as urge incontinence. Those with this condition may not require the use of full adult diapers, but they may benefit from wearing incontinence pads or panty liners for good measure.


Urge incontinence occurs most notably in those with overactive bladder. Unlike suffers from stress incontinence, this condition can result in an accident due to the sudden urge to go even when the bladder is not full.


Types of Adult Diapers

Adult diapers and incontinence pads have gotten a much-needed update over the last several years. Now, they are easy to pick up at your local pharmacy or order online for the added benefit of discretion. Also, the products themselves have taken many forms, such as liners, pads, briefs and even boxers. 


Incontinence Pads 

For discrete protection, one may opt for incontinence pads as opposed to full-on adult diapers. And don’t think that due to their thinner nature that they sacrifice on absorbency. These pads come in a variety of absorbency levels. Also, these products utilize the latest technology to keep you dry following a bladder leak. For example, the Always Discreate incontinence pads turn liquid waste into gel, helping to wick away moisture and prevent chaffing.


Men who suffer from urinary incontinence or bladder leakage can also find these pads on the market to fit their anatomical difference. Incontinence pads for women are liners—with or without wings—that look much like those designed for menstrual period. Those designed for men can come in a cup-shaped pad—similar to the shape of a jock strap. 


Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are a great alternative to traditional disposable adult diapers and pads as they offer better comfort and discretion. As well, they have the added convenience of being washable and reusable. Cloth diapers are a great option for those who suffer from bladder leakage or even urinary or fecal incontinence. 


Cloth diapers come in two main types—those meant to be used on their own, and those that require a removable liner. 

These cloth diapers usually come in one size and feature an adjustable waistband that can accommodate people sized small to extra-large. The diaper is usually lined with materials such as bamboo terry cloth, polyester and cotton. And the best cloth diapers will feature a non-skid outer layer to help keep it in place in case you toss and turn in bed at night.