As product lines are constantly being refined and upgraded, there is a wide range of new closure designs, such as re-closeable tapes and hook-and-loop fasteners. These features offer better flexibility and economic practicality, as well as a more secure fit.
Learn the different product names and how they might be of use to you.
Liners - Generally used for light to moderate incontinence, these one-size-fits-all items are held in place by absorbent briefs or protective underwear.
Pads - Heavy incontinence. Designed to provide comfort, fit, and discretion, pads are available in a variety of thicknesses and absorbency levels. Can be worn with regular underwear or reusable briefs.
Male Drip Collector - Light to moderate incontinence. Designed for use with stretch mesh brief or close-fitting underwear, the shield slips over and around penis to absorb small amounts of urine thanks to the waterproof backing.
Male Guard - Light to moderate incontinence. An elasticized pouch provides a cup-like fit for protection and comfort. Held in place by adhesive strip and worn with close-fitting underwear. May have foam backing for extra protection.
Collector Undergarment - The term "undergarment" originally referred to an absorbent product held in place by reusable, sometimes washable straps. The straps are usually held in place with buttons, snaps, or Velcro.
Fitted Brief with Elastic Legs - For moderate to heavy incontinence. This one-piece garment is designed with elastic at the waist and legs for a close fit and prevention of leakage. For day and night use.
Fitted Brief without Elastic Legs - For moderate to heavy incontinence. Most have a cloth-like outer cover that is gentle on the skin.
Protective Underwear - For moderate to heavy incontinence. Convenience is the name of the game with this one-piece, underwear-like design that pulls up and down easily. Made with cloth-like material and features soft elastics.
Pad and Pants System - Some products combine a disposable pad with washable, reusable underwear made of cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. For moderate to heavy incontinence. The pads are designed to be worn only with specialty mesh or knit pants.
Liner - Absorbent washable cloth liner or pad. Must be held in place by protective pants. Some may have leak resistant backing.
Stretch Mesh Brief - Highly elastic, soft, form-fitting, cool, comfortable mesh stretch pants to hold any size liner or pad in place. The pant is not waterproof, so it is recommended that the reusable liner or pad have leak resistant backing or that a disposable absorbent liner or pad be inserted. Washable and reusable.
Contoured Flat Cloth - Washable, reusable cloth sized for adults held in place by tabs, elastic, snaps, or Velcro. May have elastic at leg openings to help prevent leakage.
Leak Resistant Pants - Pant of leak resistant material designed for extra protection for those with heavy to total incontinence who wear a full brief or undergarment for absorption. Usually made of cotton, nylon, vinyl, or polyester. Elastic legs for close-fit. Non-breathable fabrics are not recommended to be worn for an extended length of time because of the risk of skin irritation.
Men’s Protective Support - Resembles jockstrap (athletic supporter) with waterproof cup. Used with disposable or reusable cup inserts.
Men’s Fitted Brief - Tailored with a fly front for men. Some have a zipper. Some have a leak protective panel. Used with disposable or reusable pads or liners.
Men’s Boxer-Style Shorts - Boxer style shorts with absorbent fabric in the crotch. Fully washable.
EXTERNAL COLLECTION DEVICES
If men wish to bypass absorbent products, there are many external collection devices available to them.
Penile Clamps - Most clamps are designed for men who experience light to moderate leakage. Clamp designs vary, with some clamps wrapping around the penis to apply pressure and keep the urethra closed.
Condom Catheter - This special catheter looks like a condom with a hole in the end of it. Men who use condom catheters will have the most satisfactory experience if they have the proper size and style, have been taught how to prepare their skin, and change the external catheter regularly. Depending on the type, there is either adhesive on the inside of the catheter to make it stick to the skin or a special strap which is wrapped around the outside of the catheter to hold it in place. External condom catheters should be changed at least once daily for good hygiene and skin protection.
One-Piece Male External Urinary Collection Device - The category of external collection devices has evolved with many innovations to include those with collection bags concealed in underwear and those with urine collection bags secured away from the penis. One example of this type of device, the Men’s Liberty™ one-piece male external urinary collection device from BioDerm®, is an all-in-one device that can be concealed with boxers or shorts. It is applied to the tip of the penis, stays on with a skin-friendly hydrocolloid adhesive, has a one way collection pouch designed to collect urine without leakage, and can be attached to a leg bag or bedside bag for additional capacity if needed. It’s also covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Visit www.MensLiberty.com to learn more.
DFree, is the first wearable device to predict when you need to go the toilet. A non-invasive device that is placed on the lower abdomen and uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the change in bladder size. The data collected is then analyzed using a patented algorithm to predict toilet timing. The notification is sent to a smartphone or tablet used by the patient, nurse or caregiver, to inform when it is necessary to go to the bathroom
DFree is the first wearable device that can be worn around the clock and help with toilet-time prediction. Learn more about DFree here.