When are absorbent products contraindicated in the treatment of urinary incontinence?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Do not use absorbent products in place of definitive interventions to decrease or eliminate urinary incontinence. Early dependency on absorbent pads may be a deterrent to achieving continence, providing the wearer a false sense of security. Long-term use of absorbent products may lead to inevitable acceptance of the incontinence condition, which removes the motivation to seek evaluation and treatment.

In addition, improper use of absorbent products may contribute to skin breakdown and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Thus, appropriate use, meticulous care, and frequent pad or garment changes are needed when absorbent products are used.

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