Are Incontinence Pants Available on the NHS?

Updated: May 8, 2020

In short: maybe, depending on a) your local clinical commissioning group and b) the level of your leaks.

The first step is to attend your GP and discuss the problem with them. From there you may be referred to a district nurse who will assess you needs.

For people with severe leaks, continence clinics and district nurses can supply incontinence products on the NHS, but these tend to be big and bulky.

Avoid sanitary pads for incontinence

Many women use sanitary pads instead of incontinence pads because they're cheaper, but they do not have the same technology. They stay damp and they can make your skin sore.

The most popular incontinence products 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.

Using tampons for stress incontinence

Placing a tampon in your vagina puts pressure on the neck of your bladder to stop leaks on exertion. However, do not regularly use super-size tampons to prevent sudden leaks if you have stress incontinence.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) does not recommend using tampons for the routine management of urinary incontinence in women. However, tampons can be used occasionally, when necessary, to prevent leaks. For example, during exercise.

Other factors to consider

Bladder leaks already have a profound impact on your physical health. At Provie, we also stress the importance of recognising the mental health effects. A physical product needs to do more than just contain the leak, it should enable you to continue living your life to the fullest and that's why we strive to make our pants the most discreet on the market!

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