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Incontinence Product Selection Chart

Choosing the correct incontinence products can reduce the frequency of change, occurrence of skin breakdown, and increase patient comfort. The incontinence product selection chart below can help to identify the right product based on patient need. The identifying characteristics for product selection include degree of incontinence, gender, fit, and ease of use.


Incontinence Product Selection Chart



Adult Briefs

Adult briefs for incontinence are ideal for individuals who have frequent loose or watery stools. These persons are often limited in mobility and present a particular challenge to change. For example, they may be bed or chair bound.

Two-Piece Pant and Liner

Pant and liner combinations suit those with limited incontinence issues who tend to be more independent. These are individuals who require little assistance and experience light leakage.

Disposable Underwear

Disposable underwear is an excellent choice for people who are mobile but may have moderate to heavy incontinence challenges. Often these are selected for individuals who become restless and disoriented.

Bladder Control Pads

Bladder control pads are for light to moderate urinary incontinence and are primarily changed by the resident themselves. An adhesive strip secures them to the inside of regular underwear or incontinence pants for secure protection.

Belted Undergarments

Belted undergarments are perfect for individuals that have moderate incontinence challenges and they are more discreet than adult briefs. Often these persons are more mobile and require less assistance.


Underpads can be used in conjunction with regular garments or any of the above product situations and help to prevent contamination of beds, wheelchairs, and other furniture.


All of the products listed in the incontinence product selection chart should be used in combination with the appropriate perineal cleansing process. Proper selection and sizing of incontinence products will reduce leakage, disruption of affected persons, and costs for supplies.