Patient Associations for incontinence agree that self-care products such as incontinence pads should be seen as a last resort rather than as a first treatment. That’s because there are many solutions available for people with incontinence, and it should not be thought of as condition that is an inevitable part of old age. This is not something that you just have to put up with!
Saying that, there are moments when self-care products can be very useful, helping to increase your confidence and allowing you to get on with your daily life.
Understandably, some people are embarrassed at the thought of using incontinence pads or “adult nappies”. As a result, women may purchase feminine pads, though this is not recommended for anything more than light flow.
Instead, choose a product specifically designed for incontinence, and which is:
Always ensure that you dispose of any incontinence pads correctly in order to minimise the impact on the environment. In some countries, you may find washable versions that can be reused more than once.
Remember – incontinence pads are not the only option. We know how uncomfortable they can be (especially in the summer), so you should make an appointment with your healthcare professional to see if there is a more permanent treatment that suits you.
Depending on where you live, self-care products for incontinence may be available at no cost from the national health service, or reimbursed through an insurance policy. In other countries, these products will have to be purchased at a pharmacy or home health store.
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