September 18, 2014
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How to find the right absorbent product for you (Women's solutions)

How to find the right absorbent product for you (Women's solutions)

Absorbent products can give you the protection you need to enjoy life without worrying about bladder leakage. Today, there are many discreet options available to suit different needs and lifestyles, so there's bound to be one that fits you just right!

The main absorbent products for women are:

  • absorbent pads: These pads look similar to the ones used for menstrual periods, and fit into your regular underwear using an adhesive strip. But unlike menstrual pads, absorbent pads are specially designed to absorb urine leaks. They can be changed throughout the day, similar to a menstrual pad, and often come in discreet, attractive carrying pouches. They work best for light urine leakage.
  • absorbent underwear: These absorbent products are worn just like underwear. They are designed to look like regular underwear and come in different colors. Absorbent underwear can be used for moderate-to-heavy leakage.
  • adjustable absorbent underwear: These undergarments can be slipped on and off and also offer side tabs so they can be discreetly changed when you're on the go without having to remove your pants or shoes. They are usually used for heavier leakage.
  • absorbent garments (also called adjustable briefs): These absorbent products fasten at the side for easy opening and closing, and offer maximum leakage protection for the heaviest leakage.

How do you find the one that's right for you? Here are a few things to consider when choosing an absorbent product:

Find a product that fits your lifestyle. If you have an active lifestyle, choose a product that gives you enough leakage protection for your favorite fitness activities (see below). If you're always on the go, look for a product that can be easily changed and fits discreetly in your purse. If you're away from home for long stretches of time, opt for a product with side tabs so that you can change it without removing your pants or shoes. If you don't want to give up your favorite dress or skinny jeans, absorbent pads and discreet products that look just like regular underwear are available. If you're concerned about waste, reusable products are available.

Pick a product that provides the level of protection you need. Consider how much urine leakage you have during your typical activities. If your urine leakage is light, try an absorbent pad that fits into your regular underwear. For moderate-to-heavy leakage, you can opt for absorbent underwear. For the heaviest leakage, choose an absorbent garment to get the confidence of maximum leakage protection. You may need a lighter absorbency product for the day and a heavier one at night.

Choose a product that provides comfort and a good fit. You may need to try a few different products to find the one that fits you best. Some products are specially designed to fit a woman's shape. To learn more about available products, visit manufacturers' websites, such as www.ca.depend.com, which offers a variety of products, including solutions tailored to a woman's needs, plus a tool to help you select a product (www.ca.depend.com/womens-solutions/products).


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