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Your Simple Guide to Understanding Incontinence Stages and Choosing the Right Products that Suit You



Managing incontinence can be challenging, but the good news that it's crucial to recognise that it's a common and manageable condition. It's a journey unique to each individual so this blog aims to explain the significance of understanding the diverse stages of incontinence and how selecting the appropriate products can empower you to regain control, confidence, and an active lifestyle. Let's break it down and explore the products that can help you or your loved ones manage this situation more comfortably.

Stage 1: Occasional incontinence or stress incontinence

If you're experiencing occasional leaks, particularly during activities like sneezing or coughing, consider using incontinence pads or liners with light absorbency. These discreet shields effortlessly fit into your regular underwear, effectively managing minor leaks without any hassle. If you are new to this, you can explore our blog post about Myths and Realities About Urinary Incontinence to learn more.

The products can be worn in your own underwear.

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iD Light Advantages:

  • Discreet and comfortable protection.
  • Provides a sense of security during everyday activities.
  • Helps avoid awkward moments that can arise from unexpected leaks.

Stage 2: Moderate or urge incontinence

If you find yourself dealing with more frequent and sudden urges to use the bathroom, then it could be time for something with a bit more defence. Look for absorbent pads or pants with higher absorbency. They not only provide better protection but also control any unwanted odours, letting you go about your day confidently.

If you are still active and want maximum protection, then consider pants with higher absorbency. However, you don’t have to let your life be ruled by bladder weakness. You can read our blog about a step-by-step guide to some bladder control exercises that may help improve your symptoms: Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor - Ontex Healthcare

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iD Pants Advantages:

  • Improved absorbency and protection against moderate leakage.
  • Improved odour control for increased confidence.
  • Elasticated waist and leg openings for a secure and comfortable fit. (for iD Pants)
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Stage 3: Severe incontinence or overflow incontinence

In this stage, where leaks become more constant with more urine, then it could be time for the next level of protection. Highly absorbent adult all-in-one style or briefs are your go-to. They offer maximum absorbency, adjustable tabs for a custom fit, and advanced anti-leak features to keep you feeling secure. The constant contact with urine or faeces can result in skin breakdown, inflammation, and infections. It's crucial to address these concerns promptly to maintain skin health and prevent complications. For further insights into incontinence and its impact on skin integrity, read our blog about Skincare & Incontinence

For maximum protection, we recommend our product called Slips

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iD Slip Advantages:

  • Maximum absorbency for strong leakage protection and long-lasting comfort.
  • Provides excellent containment, reduces the risk of leakage.
  • Adjustable tabs for a secure and custom fit.

Stage 4: Faecal incontinence

If you're dealing with faecal incontinence, where it's about solid waste, it's essential to note that stool is not absorbed by a product this is designed primarily for fluids. Thus, we recommend choosing products with lower absorption and to change them more often. If you're still very mobile, then  iD pants could be a good option. For mobile, consider an all-in-one product like the iD Slip.


  • Odour control to maintain freshness and discretion.
  • Soft and hypoallergenic materials for sensitive skin.


Incontinence doesn't have to be a barrier to living life to the fullest. Managing continence care can be different for each person, so finding the right product for you can make a significant difference. Whether it's a light pad, or discreet pants, our goal is to help you regain your confidence and live life to the full.

Remember, talking to healthcare professionals is key for personalised advice on managing incontinence effectively. 

This article was originally published on iD Direct and has been edited and republished here with permission.

iD is the flagship brand of Ontex's range of adult care personal hygiene solutions. With over 40 years of experience, Ontex has developed innovative personal hygiene solutions to deliver high quality, affordable products to our customers across the globe.

Ontex's iD brand of disposable continence solutions is developed using the latest innovation and technology to provide maximum discretion as well as keep you safe and secure through fast absorption technologies. It is through our products, our practices and our people that we have got you covered for all your continence needs. Try one of our products today and choose to be confident - choose iD!

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