Incontinence Products

NHS

Incontinence pads and other products and devices can make life easier for you if you're waiting for a diagnosis or for a treatment to work. A wide range of products and devices are available for urinary incontinence. They include:

  • pads and pants
  • bed and chair protection
  • catheters and penile sheaths
  • skincare and hygiene products
  • specially adapted clothing and swimwear

Pads and pull-up pants

The most popular incontinence products are absorbent pads that are worn inside underwear to soak up urine. Pads and pull-up pants use the same technology as babies' nappies and have a "hydrophobic" layer which draws urine away from the surface of the product, so your skin stays dry.

If you have mild to moderate incontinence you can buy thin, discreet pads or pull-up pants for men and women from many supermarkets and pharmacies.

Appliances and bedding

Other useful incontinence products for more severe leaks include urinals (devices that collect urine), or sheaths and drainage systems (if you have a penis).

A variety of incontinence bedding is also available, such as washable bed pads that sit on top of the mattress and soak up any overnight leaks. The pads stay dry to the touch and they can be useful for trips away from home.

Can I get incontinence products on the NHS?

You may be able to get incontinence products on the NHS depending on your local integrated care board (ICB). Ask your GP for details of your local continence service. To qualify for NHS products you may need to be assessed by a healthcare professional.

Where to buy incontinence products

The charity Bladder & Bowel UK gives independent advice on products that can help manage bladder and bowel problems. For more information on products and how to order them, call its helpline on 0161 214 4591 or visit the Bladder & Bowel UK website.

The Continence Product Advisor gives independent and evidence-based advice on how to choose and use suitable incontinence products.

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