How Often Do Incontinence Pads Need To Be Changed?
First Things First
Before we dive into how often pads should be changed, it is important to make sure that the right product is being used. Bladder control pads are made specifically for urine. Menstrual pads are not designed to absorb urine. Not all bladder control pads are the same; there are various sizes and absorbency levels.
Light: Max Absorbency
The lightest option only meant to absorb a few drops at a time
Moderate: Max Absorbency
This is the most common absorbency level. Moderate absorption pads are meant to absorb light dribbles. They can handle more than a few drops.
Heavy: Max Absorbency
Ultimate pads are meant for heavy leakage and overflow.
How Long Should I Wear My Incontinence Pad?
Generally speaking bladder control pads should be changed when they are soiled. If worn at night, it is important to change the pad first thing in the morning. It’s easy to get comfortable with using a pad and keep it on for longer, especially during busy days. But frequent changes can help avoid1:
- Skin Breakdown
- Bacterial growth