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Pants and pads are devices which are used to absorb urine and contain faeces.


Pants and pads are worn underneath everyday clothes to prevent leakage of urine and faeces. They vary in size, material, design and level of absorbency. Continence pants and pads are available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes. They are useful for people who are incontinent of bladder or bowel and are prone to leakage.

Pants and pads are categorized into groups based on how long they can be in use. Disposable pads are convenient, but are designed for a single use only, which makes their prolonged use potentially expensive. Reusable items are typically less expensive, however take time to wash and dry.

Pads (disposable/ reusable): Are designed to be worn inside underwear to absorb urinary leakage. While some pads have adhesive strips on the underside, others do not, and need to be held in place by special mesh or stretch pants. Some pads are designed for faecal incontinence and have built-in odour control, while other larger pads are capable of absorbing a greater volume of urine.

Male Pouches (disposable/ reusable): Cover the crotch area and are designed to combat urinary leakage.

Pants (absorbent/ non-absorbent): Mesh or net stretch pants can be worn over the top of non-adhesive pads to prevent them from slipping. These pants can be worn multiple times before being thrown away.

All-In-One Pants (disposable): These pants are designed to wrap close around the body and have re-usable adhesive tabs which can be adjusted to suit a person’s shape. Others are pull-on style, with soft elastic around the abdomen, and tear away sides for easy removal. All-in-one pants may be useful for people who cannot walk or stand, as they can be changed while lying down.