How to Select an Adult Diaper for a Woman

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Did you know that a female’s height becomes gradually shorter with age? According to Cleveland Clinic, intervertebral discs become narrower and the rapid loss of bone mass causes this to happen. Some women experience various types of incontinence throughout their lifetime. As needs change it can be difficult to find the right adult diaper. We'll gives some helpful tips on how to find the best product for your needs.

Tips for Selecting the Right Incontinence Product

1. Get Measurements - Diapers, whether they be pull-on underwear or tab-style, may rise up or over the abdomen if too large. Extra material near the stomach or the back may cause bunching when sitting.

Women come in all sizes, the same goes for women's diapers. Size small in the one brand does not mean the product will fit similarly in another. Each diaper is manufactured differently, so it’s important to measure waist and hips properly. Elderly women may have skin folds, so finding comfortable products to fit around this area is important.

It's important to measure around the widest (hip) as well as the narrowest part part of the body (waist). These numbers will help to determine the size chart for the appropriate diaper.

For example, a woman that has a 24-inch waist and a 28-inch hip will be small in NorthShore GoSupreme Pull-On Underwear. This is because both measurements fall into the range for a small size pull-on (22-32 inches).

NorthShore GoSupreme Underwear

2. Pay Attention to the Thighs - Some women have thinner legs, while others have thicker legs. Wearing a diaper can cause irritation within the thigh area, so make sure to select underwear with the right fit. Pull-on style underwear does not have the same fit as tab-style briefs, so these may be the better option for women with thicker legs.

3. Clothing Matters - Women who wear loose-fitting clothing may prefer protective underwear, as it resembled regular underwear. This style offers more discretion and does not include tabs to adjust.

4. Sample As Needed - Incontinence products fit each body differently. Consider NorthShore's 'Try Before You Buy' Program to try on a product first.

5. Monitor Leaks -   If leaks are frequent, consider a diaper with tall leak guards. These are built in tab-style briefs and underwear. They work to prevent leaks in the leg areas and are ideal for restless side sleepers.

6. Be Mindful of Incontinence Type - If a woman is managing heavy bowel incontinence, it may be time to consider tab-style briefs. This style of incontinence product provides a secure fit around the leg areas and offers a plastic backseet to help with odors.

Incontinence Products for Women

NorthShore Supreme and Supreme Lite are both great options of tab-style briefs offering protection for moderate to heavy incontinence.

Women who are managing total incontinence may want to consider NorthShore MEGAMAX Briefs. Offering massive absorbency or up to 12 hours, these are super-absorbent, have tall leak guards and strong tapes for adjusting.
NorthShore MEGAMAX briefs
Women who are not ready for briefs to underwear may want to consider incontinence pads or other liners. We suggest NorthShore Heavy-Duty Liners. These liners can be used in regular underwear and offer maximum absorbency.
NorthShore Heavy duty liners

Transitioning into adult diapers and other incontinence products can be a difficult time for many women. It may take time to find the right product, but it is possible. Women's diapers and other incontinence products should fit and feel comfortable when worn. NorthShore has many options and kind caring team members to help customers find a product that works for their needs.

Shop NorthShore's Women's Diapers online or call (800) 563-0161.