Washable vs Disposable Bladder Leakage Underwear: Our Guide

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Bladder leakage underwear has transformed the market to one which caters for everyone. Available in both washable and disposable, there are options suitable for everyone.

To help you decide which product to go for, here are the pros and cons of both options:

Disposable Bladder Leakage Underwear

The Pros

They have higher absorbency than washables. Technical innovation allows disposable underwear to have much higher absorbency, covering the full range from light to heavy leakages. Most major washable underwear options can only cater to very light leakages.

They have excellent odour control systems. Disposable underwear are often highly absorbent, meaning they have improved odour control systems.

You don’t have to spend time washing the products. Disposable underwear can simply be thrown away and replaced, so you don't have to stress about storage, odours and cleaning when out and about.

They can be worn for longer. As disposable underwear is far more absorbent, they can also be worn for longer. This means you don’t have to worry about changing the product as frequently.

The Cons

They are less cost effective in the long-term. Disposable underwear need to be bought more frequently, therefore costing you more in the long-term.

You should be extra careful about skin health. As disposable products can be worn for longer, it is extra important to take care of your skin. Infections such as incontinence associated dermatitis can occur when products are left on too long or you do not use the correct skin products.

They can be less environmentally friendly. While studies show that cloth and disposable underwear come to a near tie in overall environmental impact, disposables do contribute more to landfill. We are aware of the environmental consequences of disposable underwear and are developing more sustainable options soon.

Washable Bladder Leakage Underwear

The Pros

They have a more “normal underwear” feel. Washable pants are perfect for people who are scared of trying bladder leakage products that are out of their comfort zone. Washable pants provide maximum discretion, and can feel much more like normal underwear as they can be washed. Washables are cheaper in the long-run. Although they can initially be more expensive than disposables, you need to buy washables less frequently, making them a cheaper long-term option. They can provide more discretion. They look so much like normal underwear that you don’t have to be worried about anyone finding your bladder leakage products.

The Cons

They are only available in lower absorbencies. Unfortunately, washables are not suitable for people with moderate or heavy incontinence, making them restrictive for many users. You need to be organised with washing. If you are choosing washables, you always need to ensure some products are clean. This means staying on top of washing, and can sometimes be time consuming. They can only be washed at a high temperature. Washable pants need to be washed at a high temperature, and it is vital to read the instructions of each product. They require more planning when going out. If you've been caught off guard while out and need to change, you'll need to be prepared with a bag to keep the used ones in, as well as carrying a spare pair on hand.

Which Option is Suitable for You?

Disposable bladder leakage underwear is suitable for individuals with light to heavy bladder leakages and can be more convenient when out of the home.

If you have very light bladder leakages and are looking for a cost-effective underwear option, go for the washable types.

Our Tips for Buying Bladder Leakage Underwear

Compare the Absorbency Levels of Different Underwear Options. To ensure you are getting your money’s worth when buying bladder leakage underwear, ensure you compare different brands and absorbencies.

Always Measure your Waist or Hips Before Buying. If you can, measure your waist or hips before buying. Some products display a waist size whereas others require a hip size. Wearing a product that is too loose can reduce its effectiveness, so size is vital.

Buy a Higher Absorbency Pant than Normal for Night Time Use. If you are buying bladder leakage underwear for night time, ensure it is a lot more absorbent than your day time version.

Consider a Booster Pad for More Absorbency. If you want slightly more protection and back up for peace of mind, consider using a booster pad inside your underwear.

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