Incontinence Pads: How often should you change them?
Finding and using the right product for you is the first step in dealing with urinary leaks. Pads can offer discreet protection against leaks and odours. Simple advice like how often to change your pads, how to deal with skin irritation, and how frequently you should change overnight can improve your quality of life.
How often should I change my pads?
Changing your pad 3 to 5 times a day is not unusual. However, this will vary since every woman is different and has their own preference. In addition, factors such as skin condition, amount of leakage, type of products and their absorbency can alter how often you will replace your pad.
Finding the product that fits your needs is essential. There are many products available with different sizes, shapes and absorbency. A comfortable fit is a must!
Change your pad before it exceeds its maximum absorbency. Not only will this help prevent accidental leaks, but leaving your product too long can create skin hygiene issues, bad odours, dermatitis and infections.
Why do some people change out dry pads?
We recommend changing your pads more frequently if you lead an active life. Even if you don't have significant leaks, making changes can make you feel secure and comfortable. It's necessary to listen to your body and do what's best for you. Keep the perineal skin clean with specialized products to prevent skin breakdown and irritation.
How do you treat skin irritations?
Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the skin. For this reason, replacing incontinence pads before they are full is recommended. If irritation occurs:
- Wash skin with an appropriate product and dry with a towel.
- Once the affected area is clean and dry, apply a barrier cream to soothe the skin.
- If irritation persists, call your healthcare provider.
What about incontinence protection at night?
A good night's sleep is essential to overall health and happiness. Your incontinence product should help, not hinder, your rest. A high absorbency product is key to a comfortable sleep with the goal to keep you dry and give you peace of mind that your product will be all you need for the night.
Urinary incontinence (UI) in women is common, but we are still impacted by the persistent social stigmas accompanying it. If you are suffering from leaking or incontinence but have not yet seen your healthcare provider, remember that seeking help is a sign of strength and will help you regain control of your life. Don't be embarrassed or hold yourself back due to UI. Instead, speak to your doctor, or consult our Client Coordinators - we are here to help!