Managing Heavy Incontinence
Finding the right products for you
Experiencing heavy incontinence and learning how to manage it can be a difficult adjustment – both emotionally and physically.
Many who struggle with heavy incontinence feel forced to stay home and isolate themselves for fear that someone might notice an accidental leak or odor. And for many individuals, the fear of leaking is just as taxing as the leaks themselves.
We’re here to let you know that there is hope and help available. Even the most severe incontinence can be managed successfully, and there are treatment options that can work for many conditions.
But first things first – no matter the type or severity of your incontinence, the first step is speaking with a medical professional about your symptoms and circumstances. An evaluation is used to identify your type of incontinence and the severity as well as to determine any possible causes.
Finding the right fit
In the meantime, absorbent products serve as an immediate solution to help manage your symptoms while you wait to speak with a medical professional or take the next step in your treatment plan.
Depending on the type and severity of your incontinence, a variety of different products are available:
Incontinence Pads, Liners, and Guards: These are adhesive-lined pads that stick onto the inside of your underwear to absorb leaks. While some heavy absorbency options do exist, this type of product is usually best suited for light-to-moderate incontinence.
Pullup Style Absorbent Underwear: Also referred to as disposable underwear, these pull on and off just like traditional underwear, but they feature an absorbent core. Usually made of a breathable and stretchy cloth-like material, this option can protect against light-to-heavy leakage.
Diaper-Style Briefs with Tabs: Usually boasting the highest standard of absorption power, tab-style briefs are the best option for those looking for a longer lasting, more secure fit. The adjustable tabs ensure a tighter seal around the leg and allow its wearer to tighten them as needed throughout the day to prevent sagging.
These types of absorbent products are often available at your local pharmacy or home medical equipment store. However, most regularly available options at brick-and-mortar retail stores are designed to cater to light-to-moderate absorbency needs.
A better option for many, especially those experiencing heavy incontinence, is to order products directly from a trusted online retailer. In general, e-commerce platforms tend to have a larger selection of products, as well as more options that offer higher absorbencies.
Even if you’re unsure how severe your incontinence is, the higher absorbency can enable you to change your products less frequently, promising more flexibility in your day-to-day life.
NorthShore Care Supply offers premium, maximum-absorbency products (up to three times the leak protection of standard retail brands!) – all with the convenience and discretion of at-home delivery.
Most individuals who experience incontinence tend to start with the lightest product available and work their way up. However, if you’re experiencing heavy incontinence, your best course of action will be to start with pullup-style underwear or diaper-style briefs.
Don’t give up hope.
And the most important thing to remember is to give yourself patience and grace throughout the process. Learning to navigate and use absorbency products can be a new and challenging experience. Many people experiencing incontinence for the first time report that the mental strain is one of the hardest parts. But with time and practice, using these products becomes just another part of daily life. Better, it allows the parts of your daily life that you cherish the most to continue on as normal.
At NorthShore Care Supply, it is our mission to improve the quality of life for those managing incontinence. We believe that everyone experiencing incontinence deserves to live their life to the fullest – with the same freedom and dignity as anyone else. Whether you’re dealing with the occasional leak or heavy control problems, there are products and treatments available.
Don’t give up. We are here for you whenever and however you need us.