With heavy urinary or faecal incontinence, it can be hard to know where to start. Knowing how to choose the most absorbent incontinence product can be vital.
Learning the Different Absorbency Levels
To make it easier for you to choose a product, there are names for different absorbency levels. When looking for a product for heavy incontinence, you can look for the “Levels” of absorbency on the packaging. “Maxi” is the highest level, followed by Super, Extra, Plus and Normal. For example, we know that iD Expert Slip pads are designed for heavy incontinence. However, the levels in the range tell us that the pads all have different absorbencies. iD Expert Slip “Maxi” level pads indicate the highest absorbency level for that particular product design. iD Expert Slip “Super” rating indicate the second most absorbent level, followed by “Extra”. You will also see products in the range labelled as “Plus” and “Normal”, which are the less absorbent options for that design.
What Styles are the Most Absorbent?
When choosing the most absorbent incontinence products, you also need to consider the product style. A Maxi small shaped pad will not be as absorbent as a Maxi all in one pad, for example. Here is a small guide to the different heavy incontinence products:
- All in Ones. All in ones are generally the most absorbent product style, reaching the highest absorbency level. They are recommended specially for people with severe incontinence and faecal incontinence.
- Pull Up Pants. Pull up pants are more ideal for more flexible people, as they provide a normal underwear feel and freedom of movement. The pants are also not too bulky and feel discreet and comfortable.
Making the Most out of a Product
To ensure you get the highest performance possible from a product, ensure you choose the correct size. Particularly with pull up pants, choosing the right size can make all the different. These are designed to provide a close body fit.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Product
In addition to your mobility and product absorbency, there are other factors to consider. Take into account the following:
- Do you have sensitive skin? There are specific products available for people with sensitive skin, such as the Cottons Comforts range and Lille. If you are sensitive to latex, also ensure you choose a latex free product. A lot of brands have latex free products, so you shouldn’t struggle to find these.
- Is the material breathable? If you prioritise product comfort or find some pads uncomfortable, choose a breathable pad. Material that is breathable allows your skin to breath, and most people find these more comfortable. Pads with 100% cotton covers are soft, comfortable and lightweight. They also absorb more moisture, preventing discomfort.
- Are you on a budget? If you are on a budget, it can be helpful to buy Case Saver deals. You can also try alternative incontinence brands to the most popular and expensive brands. Lille Healthcare, for example, offers affordable pads that are cheaper than more popular brands.