What to consider when selecting an incontinence product

There is a wide range of incontinence products available. It is strongly recommended that a continence assessment be conducted to work out if other management options are indicated and to guide in the selection of products.  A continence assessment performed by a continence health care professional can also determine if the person may be eligible for an incontinence product subsidy.

Please note:

  • Incontinence aids and products should NOT be considered the only management option. Contact us to find out ways to prevent, treat and manage bladder and bowel health issues.
  • This list is not exhaustive. Contact us for further information on incontinence aids and products.
  • Various continence pads and aids are available from your local supermarket or pharmacy. A more extensive range is available from various medical supply companies. Bladder and Bowel Health Australia can advise you on your local stockists. Bladder and Bowel Health Australia does not have a preferred supplier. Contact us for more information.

Selection of incontinence products will depend on a range of factors including:

  • The gender of the person – some products are gender specific
  • Size – some incontinence pads are designed to fit a particular body size
  • The type of incontinence eg - bladder or bowel problem or both 
  • What quantity of leakage is occurring- urinary and /or faecal 
  • Who will be applying the product - self or carer 
  • Has the person used incontinence products before? Were they effective? Why?
  • Is the product needed for day, night or both? 
  • Is there a preference or other indication for disposable vs washable products?
  • Are there any special requirements – eg swimming containment garment
  • Are there any specific fitting considerations? Eg products such as uridomes/condom drainage are specifically sized and a special sizing guide is used 
  • Is specialised skin care needed?
  • Is odour control an issue?
  • Would toileting aids be helpful eg – hand held urinal, bottom wiper. Special consideration may be advisable if the client has dementia or had limited mobility or dexterity issues. 

Selecting incontinence products 

Bladder and Bowel Health Australia has a display room with incontinence aids and products for people in the community to view. Please contact us to arrange an appointment to visit or speak to a continence advisor. 

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Kylie – parent of a child that wets the bed 

Kylie rang our service as she was concerned about her five-year-old daughter, Mia, who was wetting the bed. Kylie had tried limiting Mia’s drinks in the late afternoon and evening and was also getting up at night to wake Mia and take her to the toilet.

Our advisor explained that it may take children until they around 5 ½ years old before they gain bladder control during sleep. Kylie was advised to encourage Mia to drink well throughout the day and was cautioned against cutting out drinks in the afternoon and early evening. Kylie was discouraged from waking Mia at night to take her to the toilet. Kylie was provided with information on obtaining a referral from Mia’s doctor to a bedwetting clinic if Mia continues to wet the bed past 5 ½ years of age.

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Anastasiya’s story

“As a mum of two young children, I have experienced the joys of two pregnancies and postpartum recoveries. I was shocked after the birth of my first child to discover that my pelvic floor muscles had become weak. I sought advice from Bladder and Bowel Health Australia and learnt the importance of exercising these muscles. This knowledge helped, and because I was better informed second time around, I have now fully restored the dignity of my body and truly enjoyed the changes - and my motherhood. Thank you, Bladder and Bowel Health Australia, for informing young families about bladder and bowel health issues.” 

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Doreen – carer of her husband who has dementia 

Doreen was becoming exhausted caring for her husband Tom, who has dementia. Tom was not always making it to the toilet on time and needed his trousers to be changed several times a day. Every day Doreen was also washing bedlinen and the four towels that Tom was laying on at night as he was soaking through his pull-up pants. 

Tom was receiving a high-level Home Care Package, and Doreen was able to arrange with their provider for some of Tom’s package to be allocated to funding continence assessment and management.  

Our advisor went to Tom’s home and conducted a thorough continence assessment. A continence management plan was developed with input from Doreen, and appropriate incontinence aids and linen protection were organised. Doreen is relieved that Tom’s incontinence has reduced, and her washing load has lessened. Doreen is now confident that she can continue caring for Tom in their home. 

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Gary – experiencing leakage after his recent prostate surgery 

Gary met with one of our Bladder and Bowel Health advisors, as he was concerned about his urine leakage that was persisting after his radical prostatectomy five weeks earlier.   

Gary discussed his concerns with the advisor and was reassured that he was making good progress towards regaining bladder control. This reinforced the information he had received from his urologist. Gary was encouraged to switch to a smaller incontinence pad rather than continuing to wear the pull- up incontinence pants he had worn since his surgery. The advisor arranged some smaller pads for him to trial and provided details on where he could buy them close to his home. 

Gary was encouraged to drink plenty of fluid (particularly water) and to increase his fruit and vegetable intake to avoid constipation. Gary was uncertain if his pelvic floor muscles were working properly and he was referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Gary left the clinic in a brighter frame of mind, confident that he was improving and had clear strategies to further support his recovery.