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The choice of disposable briefs and similar incontinence supplies should be guided by the size requirements of the adult managing incontinence. Choosing by size goes along with meeting any needs for extra absorbency and features that will protect tender skin, like pH control.
Disposable briefs and other disposable products usually come by size and shape. It is important to realize that sizing specifics often vary from one manufacturer to another, and that differences in construction may result in products that do not fit in exactly the same way although they may be classified by size in the same category.
Most disposable briefs use the waist width when categorizing products by size, although some use a hip measurement. The smallest size available corresponds to a 20-inch waist, while the largest may go up to a 68-inch waist size. The proper fit should neither be too loose nor too tight—a snug fit is what ensures zero leakage during use.
For most people, the “medium” size provides a proper fit. Avoid going for a larger size in the mistaken notion that this will give you more capacity. Disposable briefs that are bigger than you need may be too cumbersome to put on securely and won’t fit as snugly and comfortably as you’d like.
A key feature of disposable briefs is extra absorbency. While absorbency is not directly influenced by size, the ability to wick urine away from the skin surface and absorb it can be affected by how the product is constructed. Compare absorbency rates when considering the right product for you. To help with all these variables, use our adult brief selector to find the perfect fit.