Any woman with incontinence knows the feeling – you’re walking down the absorbent isle and instead of reaching for an absorbent pad made for leaks, you turn and look at the maxi pads. After all, it’s much less embarrassing to grab a box of those than to admit that you need pads for a leaky bladder, right?
Maybe. But consider this – the products are designed to do entirely different things. In fact, you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you think you will be able to manage leaks with maxi pads.
Here are the 3 reasons why you should never use a maxi-pad for bladder leaks:
Absorbency. Menstrual pads are designed to hold menstrual flow whereas incontinence pads are designed to absorb the rapid flow of urine. Additionally, incontinence pads are designed to absorb and hold much more fluid than menstrual pads, which means you will have fewer leaks.
Odor Control. Many bladder control pads are made with a wicking fabric that draws moisture away from the skin and eliminates urine odors. Some also contain special gels that change the urine into a more solid substance, which helps with odor.
Skin Protection. The same wicking fabric and gel that help control odor also help protect the skin. Incontinence pads neutralize acidic urine, which can cause skin rashes if left unchanged.
If you’re still too embarrassed to purchase an absorbent product in the store, there are many great online retailers who will ship the product directly to your house, allowing you to purchase the right product for your needs from the privacy of your own home.