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What are the Different Methods of Incontinence Protection?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

Whether it is a temporary or permanent condition, incontinence can be a source of embarrassment for many people. In some cases, people who live with incontinence may retreat from having a social life, as they are concerned about not being able to get to the toilet in time. They may also be concerned about odor or staining their clothing or furniture. However, many forms of incontinence protection now exist that can help in the management of the condition. Different methods of incontinence protection include pads and undergarments, internal exercises, and retraining toilet habits. Additionally, catheters and various types of coverings for beds and furniture can also serve as useful means of protection.

Perhaps the best known forms of incontinence protection are disposable undergarments, sometimes known as adult diapers, as well as pads that can be placed in the underwear to absorb any leakage. Incontinence pads and undergarments are designed for various levels of use. For example, for those with very light incontinence, a thin pad that attaches to regular underwear may be adequate incontinence protection. Others may need a thicker, larger pad or undergarment, with more absorbency and odor control properties. with some specifically intended for those who suffer from both urinary and fecal incontinence. Rubber sheets and incontinence bed pads can also be used to protect mattresses from damage, and there are even incontinence protection undergarments designed for use in swimming pools.

Swimmers can use special undergarments for incontinence protection.
Swimmers can use special undergarments for incontinence protection.

Individuals with more serious types of incontinence may need to use a catheter instead of relying on pads or undergarments. For example, quadrapelegics and paraplegics may need intermittent catheterization throughout the day to empty the bladder, as do those who are unable to completely empty their bladder on their own. If the bladder is not emptied completely on a regular basis, infections and other problems may occur. Individuals with more serious health issues may need to have an indwelling catheter inserted by a medical professional. For these people, incontinence aids may include holders for urine bags that attach to wheelchairs or that can be strapped onto the user's body.

Urinary incontinence is characterized by a person's inability to control his or her bladder.
Urinary incontinence is characterized by a person's inability to control his or her bladder.

For some people, treatment of incontinence combines the use of incontinence aids with other forms of treatment. Some incontinence sufferers have success using prescription drugs to treat the condition. Others use pelvic floor training, such as kegel exercises, as a way of reducing or eliminating incontinence symptoms. Many people find relief in making certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, avoiding the use of diuretic medications, and scheduling visits to the toilet.

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    • Swimmers can use special undergarments for incontinence protection.
      By: careno
      Swimmers can use special undergarments for incontinence protection.
    • Urinary incontinence is characterized by a person's inability to control his or her bladder.
      By: Budimir Jevtic
      Urinary incontinence is characterized by a person's inability to control his or her bladder.