About Incontinence Pants:

Incontinence pants come in many different styles and offer different functionality. Most “incontinence pants” are actually briefs and are not garments intended to cover a patient’s legs. The pants are typically used with incontinence pads and should be worn under clothing. This combination is most appropriate for patients suffering from occasional light-to-moderate urinary incontinence.

Other pants such as adult plastic pants offer an extra layer of waterproof protection. These are often worn over incontinence briefs or diapers that can contain a full fecal or urinary void. Some pants are designed to assist the use of hand held urinals and other pants are intended to be used with different types of catheters.

There are four main types of incontinence pants: Stretch Incontinence Pants, Drop-front Incontinence Pants, Plastic Incontinence Pants and Catheter-holding Incontinence Pants.

Stretch Incontinence Pants

Stretch incontinence pants are designed to hold a non-adhesive incontinence pad in place. The pad is typically worn in a pouch or pocket that is sewn into the crotch region of the pant. The pouch creates a layer of fabric between the pad and the perineal skin area which is hydrophobic (does not retain liquid) thus maintaining the skin’s integrity. Some pouches have a waterproof backing.

Most stretch incontinence pants are made of a soft, stretchable material like an open-mesh weave or a closer knit mesh similar to spandex. Some have fashionable accents like lace and others feature a waterproof gusset (or panel) to offer more protection.

These pants are suitable for light to moderate urinary incontinence but not fecal incontinence. These are pull-up/pull-down and may not be appropriate for adults with limited mobility and dexterity. The pants should be close fitting. Pad and pant systems are designed to fit together securely. Mixing different brands of pads and pants may result in leakage.

Drop-front Incontinence Pants

Drop-front pants are usually similar to stretch incontinence pants; they hold a non-adhesive incontinence pad in place but the drop-front flap enables the pad to be removed without the need for the pants to be taken down. The drop-front flap is typically secured with snaps, Velcro or ties. These pants offer more convenience to elderly patients or patients with limited mobility/dexterity.

Other drop-front pants do not incorporate a pad. These pants enable the patient to use a hand held urinal or an intermittent catheter.

Waterproof, Plastic or Vinyl Incontinence Pants

Waterproof or plastic incontinence pants offer maximum protection from leaks. These are often worn over absorbent briefs or in conjunction with pads.

Waterproof incontinence pants can be made from a variety of materials including rubber, vinyl and nylon.

While plastic pants can be somewhat uncomfortable and hot for daytime use, they are a great option for nighttime bed wetting.

Catheter-holding Pants

Catheter-holding pants come in a variety of styles. Some are intended to be worn under clothing and others give the appearance of regular cargo-like pants. All catheter-holding pants feature pockets to hold at least one catheter bag and offer more comfort than the conventional catheter strap above the knee.