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Incontinence pads – To reuse or dispose – The choice is yours.

Underpads are a fantastic way to manage incontinence problems. Underpads are great to absorb leakages, reduce odors, prevent physical problems, and maintain dryness. Choosing the best underpad for yourself or a loved one among all the available options can be overwhelming, but having the proper knowledge will help you determine the right product. There are a variety of factors to consider before making your purchase:  location, size, absorbency, and general use.

Location:

Underpads come in a variety of sizes to match the location where it will be placed such as the bed, chair, couch, or even car seat.  The pad will need cover the surface area of the object along with the person who will be using it. If the user is tall or heavy, you will need a larger underpad than for a smaller user.  For example, the sizes of Becks underpads range from 24” x 36” to 36” x 52” to match your perfect need. One very popular choice is our Invacare Reusable Chair Pads which is perfect for protecting your wheelchair seat.

Type:

In addition to the option of size, you can choose reusable or disposable underpads. Many people often find if they have an urge incontinence problem, also known as an overactive bladder, they are able to save lots of money with reusable pads. The reusable pads, made up of cotton and polyester, tend to consistently absorb large amounts of liquid after routine wash cycles. These reusable underpads have a vinyl backing which makes them waterproof.  Unlike reusable pads, disposable pads are convenient for placing in temporary places or if you are constantly changing locations and need to dispose of them afterwards. People suffering from temporary incontinence also find disposable pads work well because they lose control suddenly, but control returns just as quickly.

Absorbency:

When choosing your pad you will also need to consider absorbency. If there is a large liquid amount, you will need a high soaker underpad.  Tena underpads are composed of 100% virgin fluff pulp which provides a great level of absorption and retention.  Manufacturers offer various levels of absorbency by changing the amount of paper fluff or absorbent polymer to absorb the liquid.   There are many different underpad brands including Tranquility, Becks, Attends, Tena, Sofnit, Reliamed, Wings, Prevail, Staydry, and more to meet your needs.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.

Dan works in Product Management at Allegro Medical with a focus on providing new and empowering products that help customers improve their quality of life.