Wearing Protective Underwear: The Basics

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For anyone who’s dealing with incontinence, having to wear protective under wear is a possibility. And that can come with a lot of stigma and feelings of helplessness and shame.

But incontinence is much more common than many people know, especially as the population ages. Accepting incontinence and having to wear protective under wear isn’t easy. But there are a lot of options available today that are discreet and fit into an active lifestyle.

Even regular catheter users may find themselves needing protective under wear after an illness or during strenuous activities.

Get the Right Supplies

Price, size, material — there are a lot of variables to consider when picking the right protective under wear. It takes quite a bit of trial and error. You may need a high absorbency option, or protective under wear with specialty sizing.

Check out this short video from Howcast on how to get started:

Hygiene bags help make disposal discreet. They’re opaque, so people can’t see what’s inside, and typically come with a scent to mask any odors.

You’ll also need to consider your budget. How much can you afford to spend each month? Buying protective under wear, wipes and hygiene bags can really add up. If price is a concern, it’s important to not cut corners by changing your protective under wear less frequently. Instead, opt for a brand like First Quality, which is more affordable, but just as effective.

Skin Management

When the skin’s exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time, it can lead to irritation and even infections. You probably know this condition as diaper rash.

Diaper rash can be prevented with a few precautions.

  • Change protective under wear regularly
  • Let the skin breathe from time to time (if possible)
  • Keep the skin moisturized and clean

Typically, diaper rash can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. However, you should refer to a medical provider if symptoms persist.

If protective under wear is part of your long-term bowel and bladder management program, or a temporary solution, it doesn’t have to be a hindrance in living the life that you want. Like any incontinence care program, it’s important to be diligent and stick to a regular routine to avoid accidents and infections.

Would you like to share your experience with protective under wear to help AHM exposed readers see that it’s nothing to be ashamed of? If so, drop us a comment below!