Adult incontinence products

Incontinence can dramatically change an individual’s ability to participate in everyday life. It is a condition that will be experienced by more than a quarter of all women at some stage of their life and by nearly a fifth of older men. Some 55 percent of female residents in long term care facilities in Europe are incontinent.

Incontinence can:

  • Cause isolation
  • Result in depression and psychological problems
  • Prohibit social activity
  • Prohibit active participation in the workforce.


There is a wide product range of adult incontinence products designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and gender. They enable users to:

  • Maintain a sense of dignity
  • Be confident that they will not experience leakage
  • Work and/or take part in social activities
  • Be confident about odour control
  • Maintain hygiene and cleanliness
  • Retain independence
  • Protect skin health, as products that are highly absorbent and use ‘breathable’ materials reduce skin wetness. See report on skin health and hygiene benefits of absorbent hygiene products.


Caring for a relative, friend or patient who is incontinent is often a distressing and difficult. Effective adult incontinence products can be a great help in this situation.

The adult incontinence products:

  • Save valuable carer time in changing and disposing of products allowing more time for other important caring activities
  • Make changing a less difficult process
  • Reduce costs by limiting the need for care of infections and bed sores caused by wetness and leakage
  • Reduce costs and time in washing soiled clothes and bed linen.


For more information on  testing of adult incontinence products and safety of absorbent hygiene products

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The composition of adult incontinence products

This adult incontinence AHPs, liners, pads & pants component table presents the different components used for the manufacturing of an adult incontinence diaper as well as the different parts composing it.

Some interesting articles on nonwovens and adult incontinence

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An adult matter
Incontinence products for adults are increasingly resembling regular cotton briefs as a result of sophisticated constructions and innovations in nonwovens, elastics and films. Not too long ago, sufferers had very restricted choice – the products available were little more than larger versions of baby diapers, bulky and often with serious fit issues. As a result, they were less effective and users had to dress around them.
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