Pads, Guards & Liners
Incontinence Pads, Guards and Liners are incontinence supplies that are specifically designed to offer complete protection against light, moderate and severe bladder control problems. There are several factors to take into consideration when selecting adult incontinence pads. Selecting the appropriate incontinence pad or booster pad can help contribute to healthy skin integrity while simultaneously providing complete protection of your linens, everyday clothing and household furniture. Read through some of the features and benefits of underpads below to learn about which underpad will work best for you.
Absorption: The absorption level of an underpad indicates the amount and concentration of water-absorbing polymer enclosed within each underpad. An incontinence pad with a higher amount of polymer will have a higher absorption capacity. For example, many incontinence booster pads that are inserted inside of adult diapers are designed with a high amount of water-absorbing polymer for heavy leakage. Many booster pads have a backsheet that allows liquid to flow through them, thus allowing them to be effectively worn within an adult diaper for maximum absorption.
When choosing which absorbency level is right for you, remember to choose an underpad with the correct absorbency levels instead of trying to layer several pads. It will be far more effective (and comfortable) if you choose an incontinence pad designed with the right absorbency level for you. Our pads for urinary incontinence are available in several different absorbency levels: Very Light, Light, Moderate and Heavy. Depending on your incontinence needs, you should choose a pad that will provide the most protection for you throughout the day. Remember that larger pads don't always provide a higher absorption capacity; make sure that you choose an incontinence pad with the correct amount of water-absorbing polymer for a truly comfortable fit.
If you experience light urinary leakage and adult diapers are too bulky or unnecessary for you, an incontinence liner may be an ideal choice. Designed to be lightweight and less bulky than pads, incontinence liners are worn with regular underwear or mesh underwear and have an adherent backing that helps keep them in place. Liners are designed with a super-absorbent core that helps effectively keep moisture away from the skin and an acquisition layer that locks away fluid, keeping skin dry and free from irritation.
Shape: The shape of your incontinence pad plays a vital role in how liquid is absorbed and overall user comfort. Most male guard pads are body-shaped and contain an outer fabric used for stress and urge incontinence, while many pads for women are designed to be thin and long to provide for a higher level of discreetness, freedom of movement and physical-self-assurance. Women's incontinence liners are slightly longer than normal incontinence liners but are woven with higher levels of elastic to ensure that they stay concealed, even throughout the most active parts of the day. Contoured pads are another popular pad shape and are designed to adhere more comfortably to the body for a higher level of containment and less leakage. You may choose to use a contoured pad if you're seeking an incontinence pad that is simultaneously comfortable, absorbent and easy to use.
Backsheets are incontinence pads that are meant to be worn inside another absorbent undergarment with the intention of increasing absorbency and minimizing changes. Most booster pads do not have a waterproof packing to them, thus allowing wetness to flow through the booster pad and into the diaper while preventing leaks.
Booster Pads and Doublers are ideal for people who frequently experience leakage, rashes and nighttime chafing. These super-absorbent booster pads can be dually worn with protective pants, or as a doubler pad in undergarments (such as adult diapers or mesh diapers, depending on the user's preference).
Booster Pads are indicated for moderate to heavy protection, and multi-purpose pads can be worn in protective pants or as a doubler in undergarments. If necessary, booster pads and doublers may be stacked to provide for an optimal amount of protection and reduced leakage.
Backsheets come in several different types of materials. Some of the following different types of backsheets include:
- Breathable waterproof backing, which is ideal for use while sitting on furniture such as chairs, beds or additional pieces of furniture or linens that require protection from accidental fluid and urine leakage. Breathable waterproof material keeps the skin dry and actively prevents fluid from going through the pad onto linens and furniture, making them the ideal solution to maintain healthy skin integrity.
- Airflow Waterproof backing is the highest quality of backing and the most ideal for maintaining healthy skin integrity and a dry healing environment. Often used in conjunction with low air loss mattress, airflow waterproof backing does not block the air and effectively promotes completely dry skin.