Urinary incontinence may at first feel embarrassing, but is a relatively common condition that sometimes develops with age or some health or lifestyle conditions. In fact, bladder leakage affects as many as 33 million Americans, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). Although it is wide-reaching, incontinence is not something most people are inclined to broadcast to the world around them.
We at Made for Living believe incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of. And while our absorbent underwear can help you avoid accidents, we understand discretion is also important when you wear them in public. Thankfully, no one will notice your disposable underwear if you choose suitable leakage prevention products and outerwear that reduces and conceals excess bulk.
A smiling couple shopping on a bustling city street. When you wear a quality adult diaper, you don't have to hide at home because of incontinence.
Why You May Need to Wear an Adult Diaper in Public
It is one thing to wear pads or incontinence underwear overnight in the privacy of your home. Because under these conditions, it's relatively easy to keep your bladder control issues to yourself.
However, incontinence can manifest in people at different times of the day, and it does not mean you need to stay at home. For example, daytime incontinence can occur in older adults because:
- Weakened muscles in the bladder or pelvic floor make urination more difficult to control
- Access to a restroom is often limited when you’re out in the community or riding in a car
- Physical pain and stiffness can slow you down, making it more challenging to reach a restroom when the urge strikes
- Other medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and Parkinson’s disease can affect your bladder function
- Consuming too much liquid before you leave the house, especially drinks containing a diuretic like caffeine or chocolate, may make your bladder fill faster
How to Conceal Your Incontinence Underwear
If anxiety over a possible bladder leak keeps you home during the day, absorbent disposable underwear can help you regain your freedom. Yet, thicker undergarments can often feel bulky and conspicuous, especially when first wearing them.
Incontinence underwear is often not as obvious to others as you think, but there are steps you can take to make them nearly invisible. By following these tips, you can face the world with confidence, and no one will know you're wearing adult diapers:
- Select the right product for your needs: Incontinence underwear is sold in various sizes, thicknesses, and absorbencies. Be sure you choose one that conforms to your body and has only as much absorbency material as you need.
- Wear apparel that conceals: You'll want to choose clothing that smooths rather than accentuates undergarment lines. For example, consider thicker material and a looser fit when possible, and avoid sheer or clingy fabric.
- Layer regular underclothes over your disposable underwear or pads: In circumstances where others may see your undergarments, for example, at the gym or doctor's office, you can hide your adult diapers under a pair of fabric briefs.
- Plan for discreet disposal: If you need to change your adult diaper while you're out, you'll need to consider how you'll discard your used pair without being noticed. Make a mental note regarding trash can locations on your way to the stall, and bring paper or plastic grocery bags to conceal your used underwear when disposing of it.
Talking to Those Close to You About Your Incontinence
Although it is natural to try and hide your bladder or bowel control issues from strangers, there may be other people in your life that you should think about telling. For example:
- Family members who can provide emotional support and assist you in purchasing your incontinence products
- Friends who may be struggling with a similar condition
- Your doctor or healthcare provider who may be able to suggest remedies (for instance, medical procedures, injections, or devices that can improve your bladder or bowel control)
Broaching this sensitive topic can be uncomfortable, even when talking with those you are the closest to. That's because going to the bathroom is an inherently personal topic, so the loss of independence over this aspect of your life may make you feel ashamed and even defensive.
However, remember you're not to blame for your incontinence. It is a permanent or temporary medical condition that's beyond your control, and the people who care about you most will understand and do what they can to help.
Choose the Best Adult Diapers to Manage Your Incontinence
When selecting wearable products to help manage your incontinence, you need a brand you can count on. For example, Made for Living offers disposable underwear with varying degrees of protection, Maximum and Ultimate absorbency.
Our products are designed to help you remain discreetly dry, even when you're at your most active. Check out our product page to learn more about our disposable absorbent underwear and rediscover a life of freedom without worry.