Of the many challenging health concerns which a person can deal with over the course of their lives, few are as inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence. Many people associate incontinence with advanced age, but that is hardly a requirement for the condition. Injuries, illness, and other factors can all contribute to varying degrees of incontinence. In adjusting to life with incontinence, many patients will find that an already difficult situation can be further complicated by the sheer wealth of options that exist to mitigate the symptoms. The most immediate question that patients and their caregivers will encounter is whether diapers or pull-ups are best for their individual needs.
The Case for Diapers
Many people equate incontinence treatment most strongly with adult disposable briefs, sometimes referred to as diapers. They often offer the highest degree of absorbency of all available incontinence products, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavy or severe incontinence. They are adjusted on the sides using wings, a belt-like component, or most commonly, tabs. By using this adjustability, diapers can be tailored to a specific patient’s size and comfort. Diapers are frequently used in cases where a patient may have a caregiver, or be immobilized in some way. This is because diapers can be removed and changed without the need to remove pants or other clothing. This added convenience can make frequent changes more accommodating for both the patient and caregiver if they have one.
The Case for Pull-Ups
For patients who are more mobile and with light to moderate incontinence, many people will opt for adult disposable pull ups, also called disposable underwear. Pull-ups function much in the way that traditional undergarments do, and can be pulled on over the legs and worn just like underwear. Since pants, shoes, and other clothing must be removed to change pull-ups, they are recommended for patients who do not need to change their incontinence products as frequently. Many patients who experience only intermittent incontinence will find that disposable pull ups are a great option for times when they cannot quickly make it to a bathroom. Most pull up products have an elastic waistband for comfort and fit, making wearing them much less of an adjustment since they function much like normal undergarments.
What to do now?
Unfortunately, many people think that incontinence is a blanket term and that most people diagnosed with it experience similar symptoms, but the reality is that every patient’s needs are highly specific. Not all incontinence products are created equal, both in the basic distinction between briefs and pull-ons, to the degree of absorbency. Many patients will unfortunately wear the same product for years, even though the state of their condition may evolve over time. By working with an experienced DME provider like Aeroflow Urology, you or your loved one can have access to information and services otherwise unavailable. Our trained representatives can contact you monthly to ship your incontinence products directly to your home. If you or someone you love is suffering from incontinence, don’t delay, contact Aeroflow Urology today at 844-276-5588 or fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form.
Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.