Question: Recommendations for Effective Incontinence Underwear

I’ve recently purchased incontinence underwear online, but they seem ineffective in holding moisture, despite being advertised as leak-proof. Can you recommend a reliable brand and where to purchase them?

Response: Selecting the Appropriate Incontinence Underwear

Selecting the ideal incontinence underwear depends on various factors, including the type and level of incontinence, body shape, and desired comfort. Here are some considerations and recommendations:

  1. Understanding Your Incontinence Level: It’s crucial to assess the volume and frequency of leakage. Super absorbent products typically manage around 30ml per episode. For more substantial or sudden leaks, these might not be sufficient.
  2. Finding the Right Fit: Ensure the underwear fits well, considering both waist and thigh measurements. Incorrect sizing can affect the effectiveness of the product.
  3. Reusable vs. Disposable Options:
    • Reusable Underwear: Suitable for light to moderate leaks. Brands like Speax by Thinx, Knix, Conni*, Wearever*, and Zorbies* offer various options. Read online reviews or contact customer support for sizing and style guidance.
    • Disposable Underwear: These can hold more significant amounts of urine (up to 57-64 ozs). Overnight products are available for heavier incontinence. Sizing guides provided by manufacturers can assist in choosing the correct size.
  4. Where to Buy: These products are available online and in some medical supply stores. Popular companies include Speax by Thinx, Knix, Conni, Wearever, Zorbies, and Confitex. Disposable options can be found in pharmacies or medical supply stores.

Remember, individual needs vary, so it might take some trial and error to find the perfect fit and absorption level for your specific situation.

Lauren Wolfe, RN, BSN, MClSc (WH), NSWOC, CWOCN


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