Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will drinking less fluid decrease my incontinence?
No. Cutting back on fluid intake can lead to dehydration, constipation and irritation of the bladder. It is true that certain types of fluids should be avoided such as alcohol and caffeine that irritate the bladder.
2. What can I do to stop leaking with my current incontinence products?
The main factors to take into consideration when choosing the correct incontinence product are:
Sizing and Fit: Make sure you have the right size product. Leg openings should be snug fitting (no gaps) and should not create redness around the leg/groin area.
Style and absorption capacity required: Make sure that you are wearing the correct product style and absorbency level to meet your needs. Refer to the Product Selection Guide to assist in the selection of the right style of product to meet ones mobility and incontinence level.
3. Can two briefs/pads be used at the same time (also called "diaper doubling")?
No, doubling up on products that contain a moisture barrier will not increase absorption. Briefs, disposable underwear and pads/liners are typically designed with a moisture barrier that stops the urine from passing through. This approach to adding more capacity or addressing leakage concerns works only if the second product is a "flow-through" design with no moisture barrier.
4. Why are some incontinence products so much more expensive?
Higher performing incontinence products (that may cost more) typically contain more super absorbent capacity and are made with superior quality material. The Tranquility Product Family keeps skin dryer, neutralizes urine pH, and reduces odors. It is often possible to save money by using the more expensive products because they require fewer changes, resulting in fewer clothing/bedding changes, less waste, less laundry, due to leakage, and better quality of life for both the care provider and the care recipient.
5. How is bowel incontinence managed?
Booster pads are designed to contain the bowel, assist in clean-up and can extend the wear time of the "host garment." the focus for bowel incontinence is on containment not absorption.