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Robert

   
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Is there any objective data collected anywhere, preferably by a credible independent body that rates products  in terms of their reliability in terms of not leaking.  I am steadily advancing through various pads available from my NHS provider; at each point there has to be a detailed assessment Bladder diary and a questionnaire with some weird questions - What does your poo look like?  etc etc to provide evidence for making a change to the pad I am being supplied with. I just want something that I can very confidently rely on at work as an active male and without numerous layers! - I teach. I am starting to wonder if the truth may be that all these products are significantly liable to leak. It seems to me that the closest consideration that is given in terms of a rating is how absorbant various pads are by  the droplet ratings on the package , but this is not the same as rating the secure containment of urine. I am currently using pads with a high rating in droplets ie very absorbent, but still getting numerous leaks and in the workplace, even 95 out of 100 in terms of reliability still means a disaster not too far away. Presumably, it would be easy to set up a fair standardised  leak test protocol with an automaton to simulate walking, sitting, flexing and peeing with various flow rates and penile position.  Surely it would be a great help rather than having to personally assess them and discover by trial and error.           

Jack

   
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hi Robert,

I agree, the rating of absorption for incontinence pads is highly unreliable and varies from brand to brand.Even the rated capacity in litre does not indicate much as it is always so far from the reality. As a rule of thumb I have worked out that the rated capacity is about twice the working capacity (the reality test) but it is not 100% guarranty and unfortunatly, like for many other things, you pay for what you get. I have been wearing incontinence briefs for most of my life and one things I am sure about is that I rather have the highest most absorbent pad available to avoid leaks, even if it means a rather bulky product. Truth to the matter is that no one is likely to notice and even if they did they would be in a similar condition or well verse with the problem and would not create issues. I have never been in a situation where I was confronted or embarrassed at work and like you I work as teacher. I would simply consider pleated trouser (double pleated are best) as flat front are obviously much tighter fit. I have found that plastic backed nappies work best for me as they fit best and thus are least likely to leak, at least that is true for me. You should try products from downundercare, I have found that the rearz inspired + incontrol work best for me, but depending on your idiosyncratic body shape the results may vary so If these do not entirely satify you, then try another of their product.

I hope this help.

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Jack

 

 

happy

   
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Dear Jack, dear Robert,

Fully agree withthe above but what is a big difference in my case (urge) is how much urine I leak in one go.  I noticed that small leaks are easy to contain with most products but, in my case, the typical urge flood, is only manageable with the better products and it is also important to point donw if you get what I mean.

I have the better results with Tena and Molicare.  As soon as I do have an urge I change immediatly.

Hope that is helpful,

Happy

 

Robert

   
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Thanks for your replies guys. Ironically it has not actually been the leaks that have caught me out in my job, least I hope not, but forgetting to do up the poppers a few times on the body vest I use to stop things sagging down or being exposed above my trousers. Three times it was adults, one was kind enough to say something was hanging out at the back but never commented further on it. One looked sort of embarrassed and the other never said anything. Worst was when a kid said 'Why are you wearing a baby vest?' and I had to pretend  it was actually a type of bandage I was using as I'd injured myself. Same kid noticed one day months later that I had a spare pad I'd forotten about sticking out of my jacket pocket as I arrived for work and yelled out 'Sir's got a nappy!'. I had to just bluff it out and say dont be silly thats a cleaning pad', quckly walking past. The one that most gave me a cold sweat on reflection  though was the time I walked through a hall coming back from the loo, whilst a group were standing around doing a drama lesson without my realising my vest was hanging out. They were so engrossed in what they were doing that not a single one noticed. The other problem I had in that job was getting rid of the pads and catheters. They had some sort of sanitary bin in the unisex loo that I assumed was emptied under a service contract as in a previous job. It was only some months later that I found the school secretary emptying it. She must have wondered why it had got so much heavier.     

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