Living With Incontinence

Living With Incontinence

With a bit of help you can overcome the challenges of incontinence. It could be as easy as few simple changes in your daily routine.

The first place to start is to understand what’s going on. Some people get leakage when they laugh, cough, or sneeze. Doctors call that stress incontinence. Others feel an unexpected sudden urge to urinate. That’s called urge incontinence.


What is incontinence?

Incontinence is the inability to control urination or faecal release from the body. This simply means there are times when you are unable to control the passing of urine and/or bowel motions.  It may be temporary or long term. Though it happens mostly to women, it can happen to anyone at any age.

Although people who have it may not talk about it, it’s more common than you think. Surprisingly, incontinence impacts one in four New Zealanders and can greatly affect quality of life.


What products are available?

There is everything from pads, pull ups and reusable underwear to disposable swimwear for bowel incontinence.

Continence products can provide some relief for people affected by incontinence, enabling their daily life to be more comfortable. However, you should always seek medical advice from your GP or health professional.


Which product is right for me?

Here's a brief look into a sample of continence products available and their features and benefits. To view the full range of continence products click here.



Advance® Breathable Shaped Pads

provide an effective solution for moderate to heavy incontinence.

The product offers high levels of absorption whilst ensuring great comfort and the feeling of dryness for the user. The unique design features of the Advance Breathable Shaped Pads mean that active users can have full confidence in the product. Advance Breathable Shaped Pads are anatomically shaped for comfort and performance. They are made to be used specifically in conjunction with Advance Fixation Pants.


is Abena’s specialized range of male incontinence products. Adult incontinence products come in many shapes and sizes, but our male pads are specifically shaped to fit the male anatomy. The design of Abri-Man incontinence pads provides a discreet solution that enables the user to lead a normal and active life.

Advance® Breathable Pads

provide an excellent solution for moderate to heavy incontinence.

They are anatomically shaped for comfort and manufactured to stringent standards using high quality super absorbent polymers (SAP). The Advance Breathable Pads are designed to keep the skin dry and maintain the skin integrity by providing fast and even absorption. The Velcro type side tapes can be re-adjusted as many times as required and placed on any part of the pad ensuring a secure fit.



Advance®Breathable Pull-up Briefs

are for users with light to moderate incontinence.

They are easy to use, fully elasticated and anatomically designed for a comfortable fit, very similar to conventional briefs. Ideal for users with active lifestyles as they prolong independence and can be worn with confidence even for those who may experience occasional bowel incontinence.

MoliCare Mobile®Pull-up Pants

look and feel like normal underwear and offer the highest level of leakage protection. Features include the tear open seams for easy changing and a soft textile-like backsheet for greater comfort.

Its three way protection system gives MoliCare Mobile extra-strong leakage protection. The unique DryPlus non-woven layer locks liquid away rapidly to keep the skin comfortably dry.


 Washable & Reusable

The Conni Kalven Mens Boxer

has a soft lining, absorbent up to the waistband, front and back, to remain dry and comfortable. With waterproof and breathable fabric the user will not become hot or clammy.

Our Conni incontinence pants are machine washable and reusable for countless washes making them more cost effective and kinder to the environment than disposables.

Perfect for use after prostate surgery, the undergarment provides the support needed during the post-operative phase.

The absorbent section of our incontinence pants restricts the stretch and you may wish to purchase a size larger than your every day underwear.

The Conni Chantilly Womens' Brief

is constructed from cotton elastane and features pretty stretch lace in front of the leg opening. The waistline sits comfortably just above the hips with a slightly lower cut leg. 

The Conni Chantilly has soft lining; is absorbent to the waistband both front and back for extra security and features waterproof; breathable PUL so the user will not become hot or clammy.

Our incontinence underpants are machine washable; cost-effective and kinder to the environment than disposables. Our womens' incontinence underwear is designed for light incontinence.

The absorbent section of our incontinence pants restricts the stretch and you may wish to purchase a size larger than your everyday underwear.

Confitex Pad Free Absorbent Underwear

is designed to look and feel just like your regular underwear. Our 3 layer textile technology keeps you dry, leak and odour free. It's machine washable and dryer friendly, making it economical and environmentally friendly.

Absorbs 80 ml per episode and up to 350 ml per day.



Swimmates Disposable Swimwear

Swimmates® Disposable Adult & Youth Swimwear are designed to be worn under a bathing suit to provide containment for bowel incontinence. Ideal for aqua therapy or any day in the pool.

Providing dignity, confidence and discretion. Feel confident and secure, enjoy the water, and experience the advantages of buoyant exercise without the worry of embarrassment.

Designed to have minimal swelling and does not break apart. Blue moisture-proof barrier and Kufguards® (inner leg cuffs) help contain bowel incontinence, keeping the pool and bathing suit clean. Wide range of sizes to fit most youth, teen and adult swimmers. Latex-free.


To view the full range of continence products click here


If you need continence support or advice, or aren't sure which products might be best for you or someone in your care, please contact us.

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