How to Understand the Difference Between Protective Underwear & Briefs

How to Understand the Difference Between Protective Underwear & Briefs

“I’m having a hard time understanding the difference between what you call protective underwear and briefs. Help!” – J.M., Sarasota, FL

Dear J.M.,

You aren’t alone! The array of bladder control products can be overwhelming. Trust me, I speak with customers every day and it even gets confusing for me at times.

Protective Underwear slides up your legs just like regular underwear. These are also sometimes referred to as “pull-ups” because they are pulled on. Protective Underwear are slim-fitting and discreet under clothing.

TIP:  A perfect choice for an active person who needs more coverage than a pad.

Briefs provide more coverage and are most appropriate for those who are sedentary or need help getting to the bathroom. Secured with tape tabs (made with a hook and loop technology, similar to Velcro®), they can be refastened multiple times until the fit is just right.

TIP: Briefs are a wonderful option if a caregiver is using the product on a patient or loved one who cannot stand.

All absorbent, bladder control products start with an absorbent core made of fluff and absorbent polymer. From there, the varieties are seemingly endless, ranging from pads that absorb very light incontinence to the heaviest of briefs and protective underwear for overnight use.

Remember, we are here to help you through the product selection process. Each of our representatives have gone through weeks of training on the intricacies of each product and we learn more every day. Use our expertise and allow us help you find what works for you! Please call us at 1-800-2MY-HOME® (1-800-269-4663).



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