How Many Incontinence Pads Per Day Should I Use?

How Many Incontinence Pads Per Day Should I Use?

  • On May 15, 2019

Changing incontinence pads frequently is important to prevent conditions such as incontinence associated dermatitis. It is also vital for good overall hygiene and health.

How Many Incontinence Pads Per Day Should I Use?


Experts assert that incontinence pads are designed to be effective for 3 to 4 hours. This can serve as a useful guide. However, the truth is that the number of pads you should use depends on your severity and personal comfort. The use of incontinence pads increases the risk of developing a UTIs, so changing them frequently enough is vital. It is important to change pads before they become too wet and uncomfortable. There are some general rules you can follow to ensure you stay comfortable in incontinence pads.

Rules for Staying Comfortable in Incontinence Products


Do Not Re-use a Wet Pad

Wet pads deteriorate more quickly and can cause unwanted leakage. They are also inevitably uncomfortable and will make you more aware that you are wearing a product. Re-using wet pads can increase the risk of infection and unwanted skin conditions.


Don’t Wait Until Your Pad is Soaking

Only changing your pad when it is soaking wet will almost definitely lead to irritation. It is encouraged to change pads when they are damp or on the dry side.


Choose the right Absorbency Level for You

Small shaped pads tend to be more discreet, however you will need a different design if you have heavy to severe incontinence. Larger shaped pads, all in ones or pull up pants are more ideal. If you have light incontinence, on the other hand, do not choose a bulkier product than you need. Having a product that you feel discreet and protected in is vital.


Keep Odour Under Control

To feel more confident throughout the day, washing regularly and buying hygiene products is vital. Incontinence wipes are useful for cleansing and providing a fresh feel. They especially come in handy when you are travelling or do not have time to shower. If you are worried about odour when changing a product in a bathroom, you can use odour neutralisers such as Magic Smokescreen Air Odour Neutraliser.

Read more about how to prevent incontinence associated dermatitis


What Type of Incontinence Do You Have?

Finding the right product can help you manage incontinence confidently and discretely. However, it is also important to understand what type of incontinence you have. Here are the different incontinence types:


Stress Incontinence- this is when you leak when pressure is placed on the bladder, such as through laughing or exercising. This is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. It is the most common type of incontinence in women, often occurring due to pregnancy and childbirth.

Urge Incontinence- in urge incontinence, you experience an overwhelming urge to urinate before leakages. It occurs most commonly due to nerve problems and nerve injuries. Bladder cancer is another common cause.

Overflow Incontinenceoverflow incontinence is when the bladder cannot empty properly, therefore overflowing at inconvenient times. This is often caused by blockages of the urethra, urinary stones and swelling from infection.


Choosing a Product Type



If you have heavy incontinence- heavy incontinence requires the use of either an all in one pad, pull up pant or large shaped pad. We recommend all in ones specially for those with low mobility and severe incontinence.

If you have moderate incontinence- we recommend large and small shaped pads, or pull up pants. Some individuals prefer the feel of pants, whereas others prefer pants. Pull ups are more ideal for people with high mobility.

If your incontinence is light- we recommend using small shaped pads or washable underwear. Washable pants feel just like normal underwear and are designed to provide maximum comfort. If you have very light incontinence, you can try using an insert/booster pad.

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