International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1411–1414

Incontinence pads: recommending the best product-based wetback performance and price

  • Elisabeth A. Erekson
  • Sara A. Meyer
  • Clifford Melick
  • Mary T. McLennan
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-008-0645-4

Cite this article as:
Erekson, E.A., Meyer, S.A., Melick, C. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2008) 19: 1411. doi:10.1007/s00192-008-0645-4

Abstract

Incontinence pads are available in the USA without a prescription and are commonly the first treatment option a patient with incontinence uses. The goal of this study was to examine the difference in the performance and cost of commercially available incontinence pads with the intention of providing recommendations to women. Ten different urinary incontinence products were selected. A modified wetback test was used to test product performance. For the small volume leaks, the Walgreen’s® Extra pad generally performed worse on the wetback test than the three other pads tested (p = 0.001–0.012), but four tests were not statistically significant. At larger leak volumes, the Walgreen’s® underwear generally performed worse than other products (p ≤ 0.001–0.046), with some exceptions. Brand name products generally performed better than generic products, but cost more. Undergarments and underwear do the worst job of keeping moisture inside the pad.

Keywords

Urinary incontinence Absorbent pads Incontinence products Diapers 

Copyright information

© International Urogynecology Journal 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth A. Erekson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sara A. Meyer
    • 1
  • Clifford Melick
    • 3
  • Mary T. McLennan
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s HealthSaint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School at Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mental HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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