What's the difference between incontinence products?

Learn about bladder and bowel leak protection product categories

MyLiberty.Life offers you the easiest way to learn about and purchase products and brands to help manage incontinence. We deliver to your home, in discreet packaging, and offer automatic refills on your orders so you don't have to worry about running out.

We deliver a broad assortment of quality products and brands. Some will be familiar – like Depend or TENA – which you see and hear about on television and magazines. Other products will be new to you. MyLiberty.Life has researched all of the available products and chosen the best solutions for a range of incontinence concerns. We have created a special guide - our Total Capacity Rating Guide – that recommends products based on the absorbency level you need.

A wide range of incontinence product categories

We offer disposable and washable products like pads or liners, diapers or briefsswim suits and bedding. We also have chair pads, bed pads and wipes. We stock baby diapers as well so that new parents are well supplied with the many, many diapers they will need, delivered right to their door.

My Liberty prides ourselves on offering a full range of sizes so we can help you find the right products - from babies and toddlers, for teens or smaller adults and beyond. Feel free to contact us to help you determine the right size to order.

And – check out our swim briefs for kids, women and men:

Think of your lifestyle:

  • Are you active or sedentary?
  • What are your day-to-day activities?
  • What types of clothes do you usually wear?
  • Do you participate in sports?
  • Do you wear a lot of white (for example in lawn bowling or cricket)?

Remember - you might want to consider a variety of incontinence products so that you can have several choices to suit your lifestyle.

Wearable Pads, Liners or Guards

Pads for women

A number of pads designed for women whose stress incontinence causes them to experience the loss of small to moderate amounts of urine during regular activities such as coughing, sneezing, lifting, or working out at the gym.

These pads generally have:

  • A waterproof backing
  • A pad containing a gel-forming polymer to absorb fluid more effectively
  • An adhesive strip that is designed to hold the product securely inside your underwear
  • Most are contoured to fit comfortably between your legs
  • Elasticized sides to provide a cupping form
  • They come in several sizes and levels of absorbency

While these products might resemble sanitary napkins that are designed for use during menstruation, the padding and absorbent gel are different. The padding and gel in sanitary napkins is designed to absorb blood, while those in the incontinence products are designed to absorb urine. The chemistry of blood and urine is different enough to require different products for best performance.

Guards and shields for men with mild incontinence are also available. Like the pads designed for women, the products for men have an adhesive strip to anchor the product inside snug knitted underwear, a waterproof backing to prevent leakage, and a pad containing gel-forming polymer.

Underwear or Pull-Ups

The disposable versions are one-piece, absorbent underpants with a fibrous “cloth-like” waterproof backing and a built-in absorbent pad containing gel-forming polymer. They resemble ordinary underwear more than any other incontinence product. Some manufacturers produce products with different levels of absorbency, but all these products are designed for mild to moderate levels of incontinence. The distribution of the padding in most of these products makes them more appropriate for women than for men.

Disposable Briefs (Adult Diapers)

Disposable briefsThese products which are designed for moderate to heavy urinary and/or bowel incontinence closely resemble baby diapers, except that they have two or three tape closures on each side instead of just one.

Today’s briefs have:

  • Either a plastic or fibrous “cloth-like” waterproof backing
  • Absorbent padding that contains gel-forming polymer

The Good and Bad about Briefs – make an informed choice

  • Disposable briefs differ in quality in many ways; and the adage “you get what you pay for” is especially appropriate with these products. Cheap briefs often have a noisy, fragile plastic backing that tears easily and unreliable tape closures that may come loose if you are active and that cannot be adjusted without damaging the plastic backing
  • Quality briefs have a more robust plastic or a noiseless “cloth-like” covering and tapes that hold reliably and can be fastened and unfastened repeatedly to facilitate using the toilet
  • Bargain briefs also absorb less urine than their more expensive competitors and thus must be changed more often
  • The capacity difference between products is often great enough to make a higher-priced brief less expensive to use because you don’t use as many of them
  • Disposable briefs work equally well for men and women and have the advantage of not requiring you to remove your trousers or pants when changing in a public washroom

Many people have a strong psychological resistance about wearing diapers; and this fact is a reason why these products are called “disposable briefs” instead of “diapers.” That resistance is also the reason why belted undergarments and disposable underwear, which look less like a diaper, were invented.

However, if your incontinence is great enough to require something more than a pad or shield worn inside your regular underwear, a high-quality disposable brief will provide more reliable protection for a longer period of time and during a greater range of activity than any other kind of product.

If you want to get out into the community and lead your normal life, you will find that it’s better to have more protection than you need than to need more protection than you have; and a disposable brief is the most reliable way to get that protection.