The Difference Between Incontinence Pads and Menstrual Pads
The number of people in the U.S. with incontinence is much higher than it’s ever been. Because of these growing numbers, more emphasis has been placed over the past seven years on managing incontinence symptoms and making it more feasible to maintain a “normal” lifestyle. Through companies like Wearever, protection against wetness, bacteria growth, and irritation has expanded in incontinence wear, but many women have resorted to using menstrual pads to act against their leakage.
Stress urinary incontinence is the most prevalent type of incontinence among women. The National Association For Continence (NAFC) estimates that roughly 15 million women over the age of 18 are affected by the condition. 17% of women in the U.S. report having an overactive bladder, and the prevalence of this condition is 36.8% in women between the ages of 20 and 45.
Of these women, 20% are using menstrual pads for their incontinence instead of specific products designed for incontinence. Though both devices are created to treat different forms of leakage, menstrual pads should not be used to absorb urination. The flow of a woman’s menstruation is much slower than that of urinary leakage. Design features of menstruation pads do not account for the additional fluid being released, and can easily leak through the pad and onto cloth.
Incontinence pads offer you many features to reduce the noticeability of symptoms. For instance, Wearever’s incontinence pads are equipped with a quick absorbing material that traps liquid and prevents it from leaking through. Anti-microbial features of incontinence panties also prevent infections and skin irritation caused by extended exposure to urine. The pad does this by neutralizing pH levels, which are the main factor in causing infections.
A few reasons have been cited as to why women choose to use menstrual pads in place of incontinence pads. Women who are older tend not to have knowledge about the potential consequences of using menstrual pads for incontinence, and make this choice while uninformed. Younger women on the other hand, have made claim of embarrassment, stating that they do not believe other women their age do not deal with this issue. As a result, they turn to products that are available to them immediately (menstrual pads) instead of purchasing incontinence pads in public. Some have even reported using tissues, toilet paper, or paper towels to absorb moisture.
Wearever understand your wish to manage your incontinence, as well as your desire maintain you privacy. This is why we offer our reusable incontinence panties, to ensure that you stay dry no matter what unexpected events might occur. The panties are washable and reusable for up to 250 washes, so you may rest easy knowing that our products are the absolute best for helping you to manage your incontinence needs.
The NAFC reports that the average respondent to a survey about incontinence spends over $946 in absorbent products. With our quality reusable incontinence underwear, you will have to best protection to go along with superior prices.