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Incontinence Pads vs. Menstrual Pads

Always Discreet Incontinence Pads vs. Menstrual Pads

Which one do you use for bladder leaks vs. your period? It's a common question and if you're one of the many women walking down the feminine care aisle wondering which pad or product to choose, we're here to help simplify it for you.

We know it can be confusing. Many women who are experiencing bladder leaks are completely unaware that they're using the wrong product to manage their incontinence. We want to help change that.

Incontinence pads or bladder control pads are super absorbent pads designed to help protect against bladder leaks with added technology to help control urine odors and protect the skin. Incontinence comes with different types of fluids and odors than menstruation. That’s why Always Discreet incontinence pads can deal with them in a way that a period pad just can’t! Bladder control pads come in various sizes and absorbency levels. Use our incontinence products selector to find the right size and fluid absorbency for you.

Menstrual pads, also known as period pads or sanitary pads are not designed to absorb urine. They are made to absorb the flow of blood and are often used by women who are menstruating, experiencing post-partum bleeding, recovering from vaginal surgery, etc. Similar to incontinence pads, menstrual pads come in different sizes and period absorbency levels, from light to super absorbent.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the major differences between incontinence pads and menstrual pads.

Speaking of changing pads, it is recommended that you change the incontinence pad before it becomes too wet to avoid urine leakages, and to protect against skin irritants and unwanted odors. If you are wearing an incontinence pad through the night, you should change the pad first thing when you wake up in the morning.

*vs. leading menstrual pad of similar length

Now that you know the difference between a menstrual pad and an incontinence pad, use the links below to find the best menstrual or incontinence products for you based on the type of leakage you experience, as well as the size and absorbency needs.

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