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Incontinence pads—what’s the difference?

Written by Melissa Pardoe


Posted on October 24 2019

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about incontinence pads versus menstrual pads. This led me to decide that a blog post needed to be written. Incontinence and menstrual pads are very different in terms of what is expected of them. Urine and blood have different consistencies, speed at which they need to be absorbed and issues with smell.

If you are dealing with light urinary incontinence, then a moderate to heavy fleece backed pad would usually work. If you want any odours neutralized then getting a bamboo charcoal fleece topped pad would really help, since these fabrics absorb odour and combat bacteria.

If you have moderate incontinence, the best bet would be a pad with PUL hidden layer inside. You would want heavy absorbency inside. The PUL is completely water proof, meaning any leaks would happen when the core AND top fabrics were completely saturated and would start to leak sideways. 

An exposed core can also help keep liquids in the centre of the pad where they are supposed to be. Unfortunately at this time, I cannot guarantee that a heavy flow PUL backed pad would stand up to heavy incontinence. You are welcome to try and give me feedback, but adult incontinence is difficult to control with cloth alone.  If you have any questions regarding which is best for you, don’t hesitate to send me a message!



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