Regain Confidence: A Guide to Choosing the Right Incontinence Pads for Women

Understanding Incontinence

Incontinence, or involuntary leakage of urine or bowel contents, can affect women of all ages due to various factors like childbirth, menopause, or medical conditions. It's important to remember that you're not alone - millions of women experience this, and there are effective solutions available to help you manage it discreetly and regain control.

Taking Back Control:

Stress incontinence, is a common situation women know of, the type of leakage that results from laughing, sneezing, and coughing. Urge incontinence is also common and is the sudden need to urinate without warning. No matter where you fall, know there are products to keep you protected.

Most female incontinence pads offer protection against light urine leaks. Incontinence pads offer more protection for heavier bladder and bowel leaks. Studies show older women manage more severe incontinence while younger women face other types of incontinence too. The bottom line is leakage is common in all age groups!

This guide aims to empower you with the knowledge to choose the right incontinence pads for your unique needs. By understanding the types available and their features, you can select the ones that offer optimal protection and restore your confidence in everyday activities.

Types of Incontinence Pads:

Panty liners: Designed for light vaginal discharge or menstrual spotting, they offer minimal absorbency. 

Light absorbency pads: Ideal for managing occasional leaks or spotting. 

Moderate absorbency pads: Suitable for more frequent or heavier leaks. 

Maximum absorbency pads: Offer the highest level of protection for significant leaks. 

Choosing the Right Pad:

What is the difference between female incontinence pads and panty liners? Simply put, panty liners absorb vaginal discharge or menstrual flow. Incontinence pads absorb urine and or bowel voids. Panty liners, even in their largest size, are thinner and less absorbent.

Both types of pads look similar in shape, but ultimately how much they absorb and the consistency of the leaks is what sets them apart.

Incontinence Pads for Women - Things to Consider

An incontinence pad is more than a product that contains leaks. There are features to help you stay dry and feeling your best. Below are features to consider when selecting your incontinence pad.

Absorbency - Pay attention to the ounces the product absorbs. The more absorbent material (superabsorbent polymers) the pad has, the more liquid it can absorb.

Dryness - Opt for pads with a moisture-wicking top layer to keep your skin dry and comfortable.

Size - Incontinence pads come in various shapes. Some pads are figure 8, and others are more rectangular. The shape can affect how the product fits and feels when worn. Bunching up between the legs or extra product may occur when too large - this can cause discomfort.

Leak Guards - Leak guards act as a barrier to contain leaks. You’ll notice them sewn into the pad around the leg areas and are usually made of elastic.

Note that not all incontinence pads offer leak guards, but they are a top feature to look for.

Elyte Cotton Pads

Elyte Cotton Incontinence Pads are a top choice for women looking for a natural pad. Elyte pads are 100% cotton, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. Elyte pads are known to neutralize pH levels. These pads offer patented technology to absorb urine and odors.

Elyte Cotton Pads on NorthShore Care Supply

Absorbency - Light to moderate

Adhesive Backing - Yes

Dryness Rating - Good

Pad Shape - Figure 8

Sizes available - Mini, Normal, Extra, Super

Womens Incontinence Pads - Elyte Size Comparison Chart

Leak Guards? No

"I have been using Elyte pads. They are the best incontinence pads for maximum absorbency to keep my mom dry."

- Felicia, Verified Buyer

DynaDry Pads, Ultimate

Women looking for a more absorbent incontinence pad should consider DynaDry Pads, Ultimate. DynaDry Pads contain heavier urine leaks. DynaDry incontinence pads are available in one size - Ultimate - 7 x 5 x 7 inches, offering up to 15 ounces of absorbency. Like most incontinence pads, they have an adhesive backing that fastens into underwear.


Absorbency - Moderate to Maximum

Adhesive Backing - Yes

Dryness Rating - Good

Pad Shape - Figure 8

Sizes available - Ultimate - 7 x 5 x 7 inches

Leak Guards? Yes


"Best product for added nighttime protection."

- Carole, Verified Buyer

DynaDry Supreme Liners

Women looking for the most absorbent incontinence pads should consider DynaDry Supreme Liners. These pads fall into the absorbent category and are quite thick pads. DynaDry Liners are longer and more absorbent than the previous pads mentioned. The liners offer added coverage in the front and rear for bowel containment.

NorthShore DynaDry Supreme Liners

Absorbency - Maximum

Adhesive Backing - Yes

Dryness Rating - Exceptional

Pad Shape - Figure 8

Sizes available - M, L, XL, 2XL

Womens Incontinence Pads - DynaDry Supreme Size Comparison

Leak Guards? Yes

"These liners are the most absorbent we have tried. We used to have to change the sheets every day, but not anymore."

- Linda, Verified Buyer

Incontinence Pads Mean More Protection

Selecting the perfect incontinence pad may seem difficult, but with trial and error, it is possible. Many times you need to try different brands and sizes to see which one works best for you. NorthShore offers product samples for you to try. You can call us at (800) 563-0161 or request samples online. Our mission is to help you find a product that works!

Feel Confident with NorthShore

Say goodbye to the leaks and embarrassing moments. The right products can help you live a life without the fear of leaks. Learn more about our incontinence pads for women online and get the confidence you deserve - without the leaks!

About the Author

Belinda is a freelance content writer and marketing consultant. Belinda specializes in content writing for B2C e-commerce brands. She has worked in customer support, content creation, and digital marketing for over ten years. Belinda is passionate about writing human-centered copy for consumers. In her free time, she loves to explore new parks with her dog, Ollie.

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