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What's a light bladder leakage pad?

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How these pads can help you cope

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How can you cope with light bladder leakage if you suffer from the condition? Reach for a bladder leakage pad. Here's all you need to know about them.

How these pads can help you cope

Bladder leakage pads 411

These are pads specifically designed to absorb urine leakage, whether it's caused by menopause or common health concerns. They protect the skin from the harsh acids found in urine and will help stave off excess wetness in your pants (which will also helps prevent rashes).

While these pads resemble sanitary pads, they're actually quite different. Bladder leakage pads are much more absorbent than sanitary napkins and come with a waterproof backing to prevent excess leakage.

Types of bladder leakage pads

Below are the five most common bladder leakage pads available on the market:

Pantyliner: These pads are very thin and can be attached to your underwear to protect you from light urine excretion. They're discreet and perfect for women who experience occasional urinary incontinence.

Pads: Thicker in nature, these can be worn if you find you lose urinary tract control on a more regular basis. They're also great for overnight use.

Shields: If you have heavy urine leakage, these pads are for you. They are similar to the options above but have straps, meaning they're sort of like super-absorbent underwear.

Adult diapers: If you experience a lot of urinary leakage, another option is to wear an adult diaper. They're a comfortable and convenient choice to stave off heavy spillage.

Guards: These bladder leakage pads are made specifically for men who experience urinary incontinence (they conform to a man's genitalia).

How to care for your leakage pad

While some companies produce reusable incontinence pads, most are disposable. If you opt for a kind you can reuse, be sure to change it regularly, and wash it once it has absorbed any urine. If using disposable pads, be sure to swap them when they're damp to prevent skin rashes or irritation.

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