When faecal incontinence occurs in tandem with urinary incontinence, it is called double incontinence. Many people are familiar with the term “combined incontinence”.
Although many people are uneducated on the condition, it often causes twice as much embarrassment as faecal or urinary incontinence alone.
Common causes of double incontinence include severe obesity and connective tissue disease. Crossed reflexes between the bladder, urethra and pelvic floor is another common cause. Recent studies have shown that each 5 unit increase in BMI is associated with a 60-100% increased risk of both faecal and urinary incontinence. Generalised anxiety disorder and extreme stress may also be a common causative mechanism of Double Incontinence.
Are you suffering from Double Incontinence? Read our Living with Incontinence Section for tips and guidance on managing incontinence.
How do Incontinence Pants compare to All in Ones?
If you have both faecal and urinary incontinence, a specialist is likely to guide you towards pull up pants and all in ones. Incontinence pull up pants are designed to feel just like normal underwear, so will allow you to feel relaxed and discreet. They often feature an elasticated waistband, which provides freedom of movement and comfort. They are therefore perfect for those who are very active. All in ones, on the other hand, are often the most absorbent style of product. They are, however, more ideal for those who are immobile as they can be removed very easily. They feature Velcro fixation which means users don’t even have to move their legs or hips during removal. They are bulkier than pull up pants and do feel very different to normal underwear or ordinary pads. If you are fully mobile and are looking for the most discreet product, incontinence pants could be lifechanging for you.
The Key Benefits of Pants for Double Incontinence
Pull up pants are elasticated at the waist and legs to give you greater protection. They are designed from multi-layered fabrics that take away moisture and odours for all day comfort.
- Snug, Close fit
- Provide a Sense of Freedom
- No noise during use
- Discreet Appearance
- Comfortable Material
- Perfect for an Active Lifestyle
Popular Options of Pull Up Pants for Double Incontinence
Attends Pull Ons 8 are fitted with a breathable elastic waistband and provide the user with a sense of freedom and control. With the addition of odour control technology and a wetness indicator, you will stay confident and dry throughout the day.
Tena Pants Maxi are designed in a soft, stretchy material designed for maximum comfort. They feature a dual absorption zone to channel moisture away from the body.
Discreet, comfortable synthetic pants, iD Pants Maxi are a convenient, close-fit choice for managing double incontinence. They are designed in an anatomical shape, which provides the user with a secure fit.
Factors you Need to Consider
If you have both faecal incontinence and urinary incontinence, a highly absorbent product is the most efficient. Some products designed for severe incontinence that may not necessarily state they are suitable for both types of incontinence can be useful. Tena Pants Maxi, for example, has an absorbency of 2500-2900mls and is ideal for double incontinence. If you do have very severe incontinence and find that pull ups aren’t absorbent enough, you may want to try All in Ones.
Do you have Sensitive Skin?
If you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated, the material of pants is an important factor to consider. If you have sensitive skin and react badly to latex, you should choose latex free products that have been tested to ensure they are suitable for sensitive skin. Some products have a soft cotton feel which provides a pleasant feel on the skin.
Sizing is Important
Pull up pants are designed to fit snugly to ensure they contain any leaks. If a product is too loose for you, you run the risk of having unwanted accidents. To ensure you find the ideal fit for you, measure your hips and waist then take the larger of the two.
Net and Lycra pants are designed to hold incontinence pads in place. They can support pads of different absorbencies for faecal and urinary incontinence. They are designed from figure hugging material and can be worn with your regular underwear to provide more support for your pad.
If you require more protection alongside your incontinence pad, shop our net and lycra pants.
You can read our Product Guides Section for more guidance on choosing a product suitable for you.