Incontinence Supply Reviews


Methodology For The Review


(Updated in September of 2018)



There
is a lack of incontinence supply reviews by people with incontinence needs. While searching the web and growing frustrated I create this list of incontinence supplies/adult diapers that personally I have tried out! Being a male with cerebral palsy, leak moderately and have tried many products over the years. Always sample products before committing, there are also financial tips I’ll add as time progresses. Search thrift stores as well as local diaper banks.

Review Categories:


Wearability: Low | Medium | High | N/A

Do they feel like underwear or do the feel like wearing a wet paper sack? Do the tapes fall off easily or are they strong enough for hours of use. Can you adjust them? Do they pull-on or do they insert into underwear? Can you wet them multiple times? Does it lock the urine odors away? Do they sag when wet or do they hold up? These are crucial questions to ask if you have incontinence issues and are searching quality products. 


Absorbency:

Incontinence supplies need to absorb urine, there are multiple ways to defend yourself against leaks. Using plastic pants or boosts with your supplies may help. Do they hold up or is it like wetting into toilet paper? Pull on underwear tend to have less protection than adult briefs with tabs.


Bowel Rating:

Briefs are the to go to product with tabs. Underwear not so much. A 0/5 poop rating means don’t use them for bowel incontinence.


Number of Wettings: 1 | 2-3 | 4+ 

How long can you wear this before you need to change them? Can you rewet them? Are they like wearing underwear?


Material: 

Plastic-backed, cloth-like and cloth. This will only apply to the adult diapers. There is no scientific evidence that cloth-backed supplies work better than plastic-backed as it is a preference.


Styles of Incontinence supplies: 

There are multiple types of incontinence supplies one can use. For the reviews I will make it easy using the following icons near them:

 Brief w/ Tabs: This is your standard brief with the tapes, usually holds the most liquid. Easiest to get on for caregivers.

 Underwear/Pull on: Generally good for those with minor to medium incontinence levels. These are better for wearing out in public.

Plastic Pants: These can go over products to provide extra leak protection. You can even use them with regular underwear or weaker products to boost their performance

Pads/Boosters/Guards: Great for those minor leaks you’d experience. Can be added to briefs or underwear to provide more protection.

Plastic Sheets: Can be placed over the mattress so you don’t ever have to toss your bed out. Great for caregivers as you can just wash periodically with spray bottle and wipes.

Bed Pads: Can be helpful if you wet the bed or to keep furniture safe from leaks. Roll on easy for caregivers and can be switched out easily under the person.

Others:

Bed Alarms: These annoying devices will set off an alarm, I don’t recommend them at all for those suffering from medical incontinence.

Bladder Supports (for Women):  You apply them like a regular tampon and it puts pressure on bladder to hold liquid in. This is for stress incontinence like sneezes, laughs or others.


Reviews of Incontinence Products


I have written quite a few reviews of products I have used in the past. These are of my own opinion.I have cerebral palsy and never really gained control. I have 28 years experience wearing incontinence products.


Adult Briefs With Tabs


Abena Abri*form L7: These are my favorites by far in the brief category as they are straightforward to put on and are plastic-backed. They can incorporate quite a bit of liquid and will hold many stool if needed.They aren’t noisy but are bulky; I wouldn’t recommend these for day usage. I would recommend these for night usage or heavy incontinence of the bowels or bladder. 

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 5
Plastic-backed  


Depend Protection W/ Tabs:As a teenager I used to wet the bed a lot, these would do the trick for me. They would leak still but it was more enjoyable than washing my whole sheets instead of just a little pad under me. I recommend sleeping on a bed pad with these. Not great for side sleepers.They are inadequate to wear while you are out and about as they crinkle a lot.
Note:They are plastic-backed again!Depend caved on their new evil cloth-like design!

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:
Wettings: 3 max
Plastic-backed? Cloth-backed?


Fit-Right Ultra Briefs:Nursing homes usually use these as a way to cut back on costs. They aren’t really half that bad on the amount of liquid that the product can hold. Subjectively, I have been pleasantly astonished. Fecal matter stays put well, and it can absorb quite a bit.I highly recommend this for bowel incontinence on the cheap. One night I wore these during a bout very bad bowel incontinence. They held up first-rate, I thought for sure it was all over the place. It contained the bowels. 

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 3-4
Cloth-backed.  


Molicare Super Plus BriefsThese bad boys can hold a ton of liquid, almost a gallons worth. The are purple and I guess they feel exactly like a diaper would under your clothes. I tried these one time and I enjoyed them. It took me forever to wet them all the way.

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 8
Plastic-backed  

Attends Extended Wear Briefs: I found these online and ordered them. They do not manufacture them anymore but because they are plastic-backed they feel like a baby diaper. They make them in cloth-backed now and I hear they work the same from friends who wear them. I’d recommend them as they come in huge packs of 72.

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 3
Plastic-backed  


Pull On Underwear


Depend Super Plus Absorbency Adjustable Underwear: These are better than the store brands, believe me. They are pretty comfortable and feel like regular underwear. These do have tabs so technically they are both a brief and a pull on. I could personally wet them a few times under my pants. They don’t really go on easily under your pants even though they claim to do so.

Wearability: Medium
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 1 or 2
Cloth-backed


Attends Discreet Underwear: I was highly disappointed in how little liquid that the underwear held. I got them on sale though, I will probably never wear them again and donate the rest.

Wearability: High
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 2
Cloth-backed


Attends Overnight Underwear: They are hold more liquid than Depends. I am wearing one right now and can honestly say I don’t feel them at all, they feel like regular underwear. They hug tighter than the Depends. They are easy to tear off when out in public.

Wearability: High
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 2-3
Cloth-backed


TENA Underwear for men: Not really impressed by the quality of the product, it felt itchy while wearing it and it had prison stripes on them. They also smelled funky before putting them on.

Wearability: High
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 2
Cloth-backed


Always Discreet for Women: They look like panties, they even have a little ribbon on the front so you know which way they go. I’d recommend these for light to medium wetting women. they have a great lavender scent to them too, but beware of the itchiness the scent may cause.

Wearability: High
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 1 or 2
Cloth-backed


Large Goodnights/Pull-Ups: For those of us who can still fit into the smaller pull ups, these may be helpful for those times where you need to buy them. For example; if you were in a gas station in a rural town and couldn’t find standard adult products. Otherwise I’d skip them for adults

Wearability: N/A 
Absorbency:
Bowel:
Wettings: 1
Cloth-backed


Depend Fit-flex Underwear For Women/Men: Feels like you are wearing regular underwear, the only drawback is they come in peach or gray. I would honestly recommend these if you are working about. I have tried both the Women and Mens.

Wearability: High
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 2-3
Cloth-backed


Insertable Pads For Underwear


Poise Pads: You can stick these into your underwear or you can boost your weak diapers with these. I have one of these suckers in right now and I can tell you that they hold quite a bit of liquids.

Wearability: N/A
Absorbency:
Bowel: N/A
Wettings: 1-2  


Tena PadsDepending on the strength you can boost your brief or underwear or you can use it to lightly urinate in them. There are so many varieties. My mother used to use these all the time and never had issues with leakage.

Wearability: N/A
Absorbency:
Bowel: N/A
Wettings: 1-5 


Goodnights Inserts: They come in blue wrapping plastic and make good little boosters. They don’t stick but they do wick away some of the moisture but not a lot. They aren’t recommended for outside the Depends cotton underwear but I have used them to stuff.

Wearability: N/A
Absorbency:
Bowel: N/A
Wettings: 1 


Pull-over Plastic Pants


Plastic Pants: If you leak a lot or are a side sleeper, these might come in handy for you. Make sure to get ones that will fit over your diaper and be sure to get ones that you will enjoy

Wearability: Very Low
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: Depends on what you wear under them.


Bed Underpads


Bed Pads: These will save your sheets or even your blankets if you place this under yourself. This may be a suitable alternative to a diaper. You can buy throw away ones or cloth ones you throw in the wash. I’d recommend throw away for fecal incontinence.

Wearability: N/A
Absorbency:
Bowel:

Wettings: 1-2


Store Brands Suck
  


Store Brands:(Kroger, Assurance and others) are really awful and should be avoided unless A) Get them for free with insurance B) don’t have any other options or C) Hell freezes over.

Wearability: Very Low
Absorbency:  (Good luck)
Bowel: (Maybe a little)
Wettings: <1
Various backings


Stay Positive and End Incontinence Stigma!


Be sure to wear your products with pride, it isn’t your fault that you have troubles holding onto your bodily fluids. Please if you have any recommendations for products let me know and will review. I keep sending in applications for samples, if you have a company and would like to send me some inquire in the comments.