Absorbent products (adult diapers) can help to manage incontinence, but they
are not a treatment or a cure. Incontinence is never a normal function in the
body (a lot of people believe the myth that incontinence is normal as they get
older or after they have a baby, but in fact it is never normal). Incontinence
happens when something isn't working right in the body, that's why it's so
important to see a health care professional who can properly diagnosis what's
After you've been diagnosed and figured out with your doctor what is causing
your incontinence, you can look at a variety of different treatment options,
including medication, surgery, physical therapy, exercises, and newer treatments
like injections into the bladder or sphincter.
Because absorbent products can be bulky, costly, time-consuming, and - for
many people - embarrassing, you may want to try treating your incontinence
through one of the above-mentioned methods. In some cases, there may not be a
treatment option available, you might not be eligible due to other health
problems, or you might not desire to undergo treatment for personal reasons. In
these situations, after you've discussed your options with your doctor, you
might choose to use absorbent products in the long-run as your way of managing
incontinence. You also might still have some leakage after a treatment, and you
might use products to help manage that.
There is nothing wrong with wearing absorbent products to manage a medical
condition like incontinence, and hopefully you won't feel shameful or
embarrassed about this choice. The important thing is to be well-informed, and
work closely with a medical professional who is knowledgeable about
incontinence and interested in treating it.