Which Incontinence Pads are the Best for Faecal Incontinence?

Which Incontinence Pads are the Best for Faecal Incontinence?

  • On April 17, 2019
  • Faecal Incontinence, product guide

Many people prefer pads to pants when it comes to faecal incontinence. They provide a close, comfortable fit and are available in different designs.

For faecal incontinence, you have the option of using an all in one pad, or a shaped incontinence pad for leakage management.


All in One Pads


All in one pads are generally the most absorbent type of incontinence pad. You can choose between slips with fixation tabs, or belted pads (flex products).



Belted Pad                                     Incontinence Slip

Recommended All in Ones for Faecal Incontinence

TENA Flex Maxi

Buy TENA Flex Maxi

  • Belt fixation
  • “Superfit” waistband
  • ComfiStretch Elastics

From £13.65

Attends Flex

Buy Attends Flex

  • Flexible fixation system
  • Breathable back sheet
  • Triple Effect System

From £13.05

Lille SupremFit

Buy Lille SupremFit

  • High density core
  • Snug Fit
  • Waterproof back sheet

From £9.25

Shaped Pads


These are discreet, anatomically shaped pads. You can find shaped pads that are suitable for both men and women. Shaped pads are generally recommended for lighter faecal incontinence, as they have a lower absorbency level. They are discreet and have no extra bulk. You can also purchase larger shaped pads for heavier faecal incontinence.

Shaped Pad



Recommended Shaped Pads for Faecal Incontinence

Attends Contours

Buy Attends Contours

  • Ideal for moderate to heavy incontinence
  • Breathable textile backing
  • Available in 7 different levels

From £7.15

TENA Comfort Maxi

  • Confioair Textile Feel Breathable Back Sheet
  • For heavy incontinence
  • Discreet and comfortable


Buy TENA Comfort Maxi

iD Expert Form 3 Maxi

  • Comfortable cotton feel
  • For moderate to heavy incontinence
  • Maximum fluid retention


Buy iD Expert Form 3 Maxi

What to Look for in a Reliable Faecal Incontinence Pad


  • Skin Friendly for sensitive skin. If your skin is prone to irritation or sensitive to latex, you can find hypoallergenic, latex-free options.

Skin care management is vital for faecal incontinence management. You can browse our skin care range here.


  • Odour control. Pads with odour control technology help you feel more confident and relax throughout the day. This addition means odour is neutralised so you don’t have to worry about others noticing it.
  • Maximum comfort. It is vital to read the description of the pads’ design before purchasing. Some people like the security of a belted pad, whereas others would rather have a traditional-style small pad. If you are unsure, you can shop our incontinence samples to test out a pad.
  • A close, accurate fit.
  • An ideal absorbency level for your severity. Check the absorbency level and description on pads before buying. “Maxi” pads have the highest absorbency, followed by Super, Plus and Normal.
  • Wetness Indicators. Wetness indicators inform you of when to change the pad by changing colour. This ensures your products do not become too wet and is ideal for first-time pad users.

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Choosing a Pad for Faecal Incontinence

To choose a suitable faecal pad for you, you should consider the two following points:


Consider your Severity

For severe faecal incontinence, we strongly recommend using a high absorbency belted pad or slip. These products can be worn for the longest amount of time, and contain the highest absorbency.

For lighter faecal incontinence, you have a choice of different pad designs. Light faecal smearing can be managed by some shaped pads, or a pad specially designed for faecal leaks. Attends f6, for example, is specially designed for people with faecal incontinence. Some shaped pads will state on their packaging description whether they are suitable for faecal incontinence. If you would feel more secure wearing an all in one product, you can also do this.


Consider your Mobility

Although severity level is important, how active you are should also contribute towards your decision. If you are very active and exercise frequently, a shaped pad is more ideal. These pads are more discreet and will feel more comfortable to run in. If you do not have very heavy or severe leaks, this design is ideal.

If you are immobile or have very low mobility, an all in one pad is the best option. These pads can be worn for a longer time without being changed. They are also very easy to remove, due to their fixation tabs or velcro feature. All in ones are also often preferred by carers, as they can be changed easily when someone is lying down.


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