Standards for Protective Underwear
Disposable adult protective underwear is intended to absorb any urine to minimize accidents. In 2012, the National Association for Continence (NAFC) identified several features of protective underwear that are essential to make them optimally effective. In collaboration with major manufacturers, state agencies, educators, and family caregivers, the NAFC established standards for these types of underwear.
Protective underwear and briefs should be evaluated to determine its ability to withstand incontinent accidents between changes, to draw urine away from the skin, and to hold fluid without leaking. Other standards should assess the underwear's safety, sizing options, breathable zones, and elastic performance. These standards help ensure that these incontinence aids provide adequate protection.
Evaluating Underwear Styles
Protective underwear for adults comes in different styles. Disposable styles are available at drugstore.com. When choosing the right pair of protective underwear, a number of factors should be considered. First, the underwear should fit snugly. A snug fit can help minimize the risk of any leaks. Protective underwear typically comes in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large. Sizes vary depending on the circumference of the waist, so accurate knowledge of your waist size will help identify the right size of underwear for you. Some protective underwear is designed for men, some for women, and some are appropriate for both sexes.
Once the right style of incontinence underwear is chosen, you might wonder precisely how this product helps in the event of an accident. Protective underwear is made of an absorbent material, allowing the product to catch urine before it leaks through your clothing. Despite its absorbency, this underwear does not have the look of an adult diaper. Instead, it features a soft, cotton-like material, which feels comfortable on your skin. As a result, you will feel like you are wearing typical underwear--simply with the added absorbent protection for leaking and accidents.
Protective underwear also usually has an elastic waistband and leg openings, which create a snug fit, provided you choose the correct size. As a result, leaks are less likely. When accidents occur, built-in odor protection can help reduce embarrassment.
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