Using incontinence products is an ever-changing process that takes some testing and a lot of patience. Some people who first become incontinent wear light incontinence pads, liners, or disposable pull-on underwear. It may bring a level of comfort and familiarity when adjusting to disposable underwear. However, there are times when things start to change. When do you consider the idea of using fitted briefs? It’s important to know the signs to look for because it could be time to make the switch to tab-style briefs.

1. Leakage While (side) Sleeping - If you’re a side sleeper and notice leaks around the leg opening of your current undergarment, you may require stronger anti-leak protection. Fitted briefs offer a tighter fit around the leg opening because their tabs can be adjusted as needed, giving a close fit around the leg area.

2. Stronger Odors - Individuals with bowel incontinence can experience stronger odors than those with just urinary output. Tab-style briefs offer a plastic backsheet which helps contain these odors better than a breathable pull-on.

3. Increased Output - Some of the most absorbent products on the market have tabs, so if you’re noticing a larger output (urine or fecal) you may want to consider fitted briefs. Depending on your size in a particular brand, the fitted briefs may offer more protection for you. Super absorbent diapers include the NorthShore™ Supreme Briefs and ConfiDry 24/7 Max Absorbency Briefs

4. Restricted Mobility - The aging process and some medical conditions may result in restricted mobility. If you’re wheelchair bound, have trouble bending over, getting up from bed or anything in between, then you may benefit from a tab-style brief. The help of family members or caregivers can make changes easier during the day and night.

5. Busy Schedule - On the other end of the spectrum, if you are mobile and are constantly on-the-go, the tab-style brief may be for convenience. There is no need to take off pants or shoes in the restroom with tab-style briefs. If you’re looking for an easy-to-change product, give the fitted-brief a try.

6. Use of Medical Products- If you’re using an ostomy bag, feeding tube or catheter, the tab style briefs can help fit across, or around these products better than a pull-on. The adjustable tabs come in various sizes and materials. Tabs come in breathable side panels, straps, or smaller tabs with adhesive and/or hook and loop closures. Depending on your body type and size, the tab style option can help fit snug around these items better than a pull-on style underwear.

7. Decrease in Comfort - If you don't feel comfortable wearing your current incontinence product then it's time to make a change. Leaks, rubbing, scratching within the groin, stomach or waist area can cause irritation and discomfort. Listen to your body and be mindful of what bothers you.

Wherever you are on your journey with managing incontinence, know that it’s normal for your needs to change. Most people do not stay with the same product for their entire journey. It may be difficult to think about wearing a product with tabs, but it’s worth exploring if it can allow you to do the things you love. Whether you love going walking outside, traveling or cooking, know that there are adult briefs that will keep you doing what you love.

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When you understand what to look for, you can select the proper product to meet your needs.