Adult Diapers - Protective Underwear

How to Choose an Adult Diaper

Choosing an adult diaper is as easy as determining what level of absorbency you need, the type of backsheet material you prefer and the correct diaper size. Before selecting an incontinence product, you should determine whether an adult diaper or disposable underwear is the appropriate choice for you.

Adult diapers, frequently also referred to as adult briefs, are ideal for bedridden or frequently immobile patients with moderate to heavy urinary incontinence, as you can quickly apply or remove them from patients. The best disposable diapers feature adjustable tabs to offer wearers a proper and custom fit. By angling the tabs, you can cinch the brief around the thighs and waist of wearers, preventing leakage.

A wetness indicator a feature commonly shared by most diaper brands. In fact, once an adult diaper has been soiled, caregivers can easily ascertain when it is time to change a diaper. However, not everyone needs this kind of protection. If you an active adults who needs incontinence protection, protective underwear might be the better choice for your needs.

  • Absorption: Adult diapers are designed for a heavier flow than protective underwear are. It is considered the next step up in protection from reusable underwear, and many adult diaper brands can be used for complete fecal incontinence too. You can not, however, use protective underwear for fecal incontinence. Some adult diapers are more absorbent than others and they are rated on a scale of light, moderate, heavy and super. Briefs designed for night use are typically more absorbent than those designed for during the day.
  • Wicking: is the act of drawing moisture away from the skin and trapping it deep within the absorbent core. Some brands feature enhanced wicking, which means that this action happens much faster, protecting skin integrity. A few brands with enhanced wicking are Wings Choice and Prevail Breezers.
  • Backsheet Material: is the material that lines the outside of the brief. There are a few different styles to choose from. A plastic backed adult diaper is designed to prevent fluid strike-through and is more common in an overnight brief. Plastic backed briefs can be less breathable than cloth-like, so you may see them with breathable sides. Cloth-like disposable briefs are designed to look and feel more like regular underwear. Cloth-like backing is typically more comfortable but can be less effective at preventing fluid strike-through when the diaper is overfilled than plastic back briefs. Some briefs also have wetness indicators on the backsheets for caregivers.
  • Size: is an important factor because if the brief is too large or too small it will not work effectively. If the brief is the correct size, you should be able to fit a palm between the two tabs in the front. If small briefs are too large, try our youth briefs. If the x-large is too small, try our bariatric briefs.

How to Choose Protective Underwear

Choosing protective underwear is an easy process when you know what to look for. When you are shopping for protective underwear, take into consideration the level of incontinence protection that you need, your preferred backsheet material and the style of underwear you find the most comfortable. Protective underwear is a great incontinence choice if you prefer products designed to model more traditional pull-on or pull-up styles of underwear. The easy-to-use style is well-suited for individuals that have full use and dexterity of their hands or arms.

Protective Underwear products are rapidly becoming the norm with individuals that need light to heavy urinary incontinence protection. Protective undergarments feature a highly absorbent core and an elastic waistband, allowing a snug fit and the sensation of wearing traditional underwear. Equally important to being highly absorbent, protective garments offer individuals unsurpassed discretion. If you're looking for top-notch, dependable protection and you have no difficulty moving around, protective underwear is the trustworthy choice for you.

  • Absorption: protective underwear are ideal for people with light to moderate incontinence. It is ideal to use the right type of protection for a higher quality of life, so if you experience moderate urinary incontinence, protective underwear may be right for you. Some protective underwear is more absorbent than others, but if you find that they are not absorbent enough for you, try lining with a booster pad for additional absorption.
  • Wicking: protective underwear is also designed to wick moisture away from the skin. One brand that has advanced wicking capabilities is Prevail.
  • Backsheet Material: with most protective underwear, the backsheet will be a breathable cloth-like material. For additional protection against fluid strike-through, you could wear a diaper cover with the protective underwear.
  • Style: protective underwear comes in several styles for men and women. A classic, unisex underwear is ideal if there is no preference for style, but you may prefer an absorbent boxer short for men or depend underwear for women. Women's underwear is cut more like a panty and has an acquisition zone designed for a woman's flow. Another option is a male absorbent underwear that is cut like a regular brief. Male underwear is designed with acquisition zones designed just for men. Unisex underwear has a large acquisition zone that supports either a man or woman's flow.

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Buyer's Guide

Tranquility ATN Briefs

Tranquility ATN All-Through-the-NightThe Tranquility ATN Briefs is our most popular adult diapers that we distribute at Vitality Medical. These briefs offer fierce protection throughout the night, hence the name, and are highly absorbent, as they can easily contain up to 37 fluid ounces (depending on size). This line inhibits bacterial growth, significantly reduces the formation of malodors, and contains polymers that keep your skin dry. This particular line is the popular "tab-style," so if you prefer the pull-up style, make sure to check out our other selections of incontinence products. These adult briefs are more expensive than other brands that we carry, but is worth every single cent.


Tranquility Premium OverNight Underwear

Unique Wellness Absorbent UnderwearThe Tranquility Premium OverNight line is our most popular protective underwear that we carry at Vitality Medical. This line is a "pull-up" style underwear, so if you prefer tabs, you should peruse our selection of other incontinence products. Premium OverNight features soft, breathable material that feels almost cloth-like. Featuring tear-away sides, wearers can easily and quickly remove these briefs. These protective underwear, additionally, offers unparalleled protection, as it can effectively contain up to 34 fluid ounces. These protective underwear are slightly more expensive than other brands, but are well worth the extra money.


Unique Wellness Absorbent Underwear

Tranquility Premium OverNight Protective UnderwearThe Unique Wellness Absorbent Underwear are unique because they feature NASA technology. The NASA technology is a multilayer core, InconTek, that guarantees to keep you dry, especially for long hours on end. In fact, these protective underwear are designed to be worn for 8 hours without leaking. By requiring less changes, these underwear are cost-effective compared to other brands. In addition to being cost-effective, this line is moderately absorbent, as it can contain up to 29 fluid ounces.


Kendall Wings Choice Briefs

Kendall Wings Choice Adult BriefsThe Kendall Wings Choice Adult Briefs are amazingly soft and made of a breathable material to deliver superior comfort. In fact, if comfort is one of your top priorities, the Wings Choice should be the brief that you purchase. In addition to supreme comfort, these adult diapers are also fully guarded, as it features moisture-proof backing and elastic leg gathers. Offering re-attachable tabs, you can re-tighten this brief as the elasticity starts to give from patient movement. This brief also excellent odor control, so you will feel confident when you wear this garment.


TENA Super Brief

TENA Super BriefThe TENA Super Briefs are premium, top-of-the-line garments that offer maximum absorption. TENA has set the bar high with this brief, as it has refined its protective technology. Introducing the Instadri Skin-Caring System, this brief will significantly improve skin dryness and overall promote healthier skin. To further offer wearers fearless protection, the Super Briefs feature moisture-proof lining and super-absorbing microbeads. In reality, with this brief you will feel safe and secure. This brief also has a wetness indicator, so caregivers will immediately know when it is time to change the brief, which further safeguards your skin from rashes. If you're looking for a steadfast option from a constantly reliable manufacturer, the Super Brief is an excellent choice for your needs.


TENA Protective Underwear Plus Absorbency

TENA Super BriefThe TENA Protective Underwear is an attractive unisex design that provides full coverage. In addition to the "pull-up" design, these protective underwear feature tear-away sides for effortless removal during troublesome moments. This underwear, furthermore, offers a remarkably soft material that feels like cloth. TENA Protective Underwear offers wearers an exclusive technology, body-close fit, which offers the sensation of wearing traditional underwear, but with superlative incontinence protection. Distinctive to this brief, the Protective Underwear Plus Absorbency funnels liquid towards the highly absorbent core. With these garments, not only will you experience unparalleled discretion, but you will also regain your confidence.

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