Below are the answers to your frequently asked questions around Incontinence. We aim to review and update this regularly. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Incontinence?

Incontinence can be described as the uncontrolled leakage of urine and/or faeces. It can be classed as mild, moderate or severe. Urinary and faecal incontinence can occur alone or in conjunction with each other.

Is incontinence common?

It may be a comfort to know you are not alone – millions of people worldwide suffer from incontinence. It often goes unreported because sufferers feel too embarrassed to seek help. It is likely that the actual numbers of people who live with incontinence are much higher than actually reported.

With the right information and support and use of the right incontinence pads, pants, aids and products, designed to meet your own specific needs, for both sexes, you can take active steps to manage your incontinence effectively.

Incontinence types:

Urinary incontinence – women are twice as likely as men to suffer from urine leakage

Faecal incontinence – this is the involuntary leakage of faecal matter from the back passage. The substance that leaks away may be semi-solid or liquid. This type of incontinence may occur only occasionally, or it may be a persistent on-going problem.

Stress incontinence – the involuntary leakage of urine during physical activity. This is the most common type of incontinence, and one a lot of women who have had children can relate to. Urine leaks during coughing, sneezing and laughing, and occasionally when lifting heavy objects, or any type of exercise that can put pressure on the bladder.

Urge incontinence – the inability to control the sudden urge to urinate. The need to find a bathroom right away, without delay. This is the second most common type of incontinence.

Mixed incontinence – this can mean one has both stress and urge incontinence together.

Overflow incontinence (or drip incontinence) – this happens when the bladder fails to empty normally. The bladder remains close to full and small amounts of urine leak out almost continuously.

Often the urge to urinate is not there. A common example of this is prostate problems in men.

Functional incontinence – this is where the bladder is working properly but there are other reasons for the inability to get to the bathroom in time. These could be Alzheimer’s disease or severe mobility restrictions.

Reflex incontinence – this occurs due to spinal or neurological trauma, or disease, when there is little or no sensation or voluntary control of the bladder.

What causes incontinence?

There are a variety of reasons why you may experience bladder weakness or faecal incontinence. If you feel that you may be suffering with any of the following problems, please consult a professional for advice:

  • Weakened pelvic floor muscles
  • Birth defect
  • Menopause
  • Illness
  • Nerve damage
  • Other – could be surgery, medications or an over-sensitive bladder
How can I manage my incontinence?

Once you have sought professional advice and are purchasing incontinence products to help you, please ensure that if you are using disposable or reusable pads or underwear, make sure it is comfortable and fits closely to your body as this is important to minimise the chance of leaks and ensure you feel confident.

What are the benefits of disposable incontinence pads?

The main benefits are that they can be thrown away after usage and are therefore extremely hygienic and convenient. This means that it is easy to carry products around with you so you can change them when needed. Used incontinence pads should always be disposed of hygienically and never flushed down a toilet

What are the benefits of washable incontinence products?

There are a number of benefits of washable incontinence products, primarily they are more
economical over time and environmentally friendly that disposables. They can also be easier to store
and look and feel similar to normal underwear.

How do most disposable incontinence pads work, how are they able to absorb so much?

All our disposable pads contain super absorbants (SAP) which absorb urine and lock it inside, so you
are kept dry. It is the amount of SAP contained within a product which determines how much it can
absorb, not the product’s physical size.

If I find that using one incontinence pad is not sufficient, can I use two of my pads together?

This isn’t a good option as it’s unlikely you will get a good fit to the body doing this, so more leakage
will occur. Also, as most incontinence products have a waterproof backing, it is unlikely any liquid
will pass through the first pad onto the second.

How often should I change my incontinence pad?

Incontinence products are designed to be worn for around 3-4 hours. At night we recommend a higher absorbency product to ensure a good night’s sleep. Many of our incontinence pads have a wetness indicator to tell you when they need changing, however regular changing does help to maintain good skin hygiene

My incontinence pads are often shaped after being folded in their packaging, how do I flatten them so that they fit better to my body?

Bend the incontinence pad backwards along it’s length, this should remove some of the creases and straighten the pad out. If the product contains leakage barriers, bending it along it’s length will activate the barriers to ensure a better fit and prevent leaks.

How can I tell if my product is suitable for male or female?

Most incontinence products are unisex but there are some that are specifically for male or female – this will be highlighted on the product page and packaging. Please note, all of our incontinence products are available for adults only.

How do I measure for the size of my pants?

Women need to measure around the hips at the widest point. Men need to measure around the waist at the narrowest point.

Are your incontinence swimwear products suitable for people with faecal incontinence?

Yes, all of our swimwear products are suitable for urinary and faecal incontinence.