Fact Sheet For Selecting the right continence pad If you are experiencing bladder or bowel leakage problems, you need the most appropriate absorbent and secure pad or pant to draw leakage away from the skin, keeping your skin dry and free from rashes. Step 1: Calculate the volume of your urine loss Working capacity is the volume of urine a pad will hold before it is likely to leak and become uncomfortable to wear. A useful technique is to weigh your absorbent product when it is dry. Prior to changing your product, place it in a plastic bag and weigh with a digital scale in millilitres before disposal. This reading will provide you with an indication of what volume the pad needs to hold. Urine Loss (leakage) Working Capacity Minor Less than 100ml ½ – 3 Light 250ml – 500ml 3 – 4 Light to Moderate 500ml – 1000ml 5 – 6 Moderate 1000ml – 1500ml 6 – 7 Moderate to Heavy 1500ml – 2000ml 7 Heavy to Severe >2000ml 8 – 10 *Indicative as drop and bar levels vary by manufacturer Pad packaging shows* Step 2: Calculate your size Waist (cm) XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL+ 49-74 56-75 72-122 92-144 133-163 163-178 173-243 Note: Not all products require this measurement Step 3: Choose products to match your urine loss requirements Leakage Recommended for Women/Girls Recommended for Men/Boys Minor • Disposable liners • Disposable shields and guards Light Light to Moderate Moderate to Heavy Heavy Heavy to Severe • Washable briefs • Disposable pads • Disposable pads • Booster pads • Washable briefs • Washable pads • Washable briefs • Disposable pull up pants • Disposable belted undergarments • Washable briefs and pads • Disposable pull up pants • Disposable 2-piece system (pad and stretch pants) • Disposable all-in-one (nappy style) • Disposable flex style • Washable briefs • Disposable pads • Disposable shields and guards • Disposable pads • Booster pads • Washable briefs • Washable pads • Washable briefs • Disposable pull up pants • Disposable belted undergarments • Washable briefs and pads • Disposable pull up pants • Disposable 2-piece system (pad and stretch pants) • Disposable all-in-one (nappy style) • Disposable flex style before you buy Independence Australia offers a wide range of free disposable pad or pant samples for adults or children to try in the comfort of your own home. To order call 1300 788 855 © Independence Australia Group 2019. No part of this fact sheet may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.