If you’re afraid to laugh or sneeze in public, you’re not the only one. But urinary incontinence is actually super common, and thankfully, that means there are lots of bladder leakage products for women both online and in stores — and they're not those oversized grownup diapers your grandma used to wear. Having the right protection can help you feel so much more confident when you’re out and about, especially if your leak protection is made from organic cotton or comes in the form of a cute pair of underpants.
It's about time women had some choices in this department, considering how common this issue can be (particularly for moms). Even five years after giving birth, one-third to one-half of women report some degree of urinary incontinence, according to Parents (lots of pregnant women have leaks, too). This happens when the pelvic floor muscles around the bladder have weakened, or because the nerves controlling the bladder have been damaged in childbirth, says WebMD. When sudden pressure from a cough, heavy lift, or laugh occurs, the bladder pressure overpowers those muscles and leaks break through.
The good news? There are so many options for incontinence products today, with enough variety for you to pick and choose what’s most important to you in your personal protection. Whether you want something organic, reusable, or subscription-based, it’s out there, mama.
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1. Rael Organic Cotton Reusable Incontinence Pads
If you prefer to keep your feminine products toxin-free (a smart pick both for your body and the environment), Rael has you covered. Their ultra-absorbent, odor-resistant, organic cotton pads are reusable for up to 120 wears and come in a variety of sizes (petite, regular, large, and overnight). Purchase three for $30 on GetRael.com.
2. Attn: Grace Bladder Leakage Hybrid Pads
Whether you need light, moderate, or heavy flow protection, these thin-yet-super-absorbent pads are meant to keep you dry while dealing with bladder leaks (or during your period). They're made without chlorine, synthetic fragrances, and latex, and their plant-based design makes them extra breathable. Purchase a 28-pack for $11, or subscribe to scheduled shipments for a discount.
3. Speax by Thinx
This is 2020, and incontinence undies do not look diapers anymore. Speax offers them in five styles — thong, bikini, French cut, hiphugger and high rise — and in a wide array of colors and patterns. Shop single pairs, which range from $28 to $39 depending on the style, or buy as a set to save.
4. Poise Impressa
Similar to a tampon, the Impressa is designed to be inserted into the vagina, where it supports the bladder like a pessary device. Be sure to check out their sizing guide online, and make sure the Impressa is right for your type of leakage. Impressa is only available online, but you can snag a box on Amazon for $13.49.
5. Knix Leakproof Underwear
Much like Speax, Knix is all about making protection from leaks pretty, because in their words: "Sometimes we bleed. Sometimes we pee a little." Knix offers seamless nude undies for a range of skin tones and some lacy options that promise to keep you fresh, dry, and smiling. Leak-proof styles range from $23 to $38.
6. Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads
If you're a sustainability *queen* and want an affordable, reusable alternative, these Wegreeco pads will get the job done. They come in four sizes and color patterns, at $12.99 for five, plus a small bag for wet pads if you need to store them while you're on the go.
7. Willow Signature Underwear
If you're in need of absorbent underwear on a daily basis, consider making the move to Willow. These undies are disposable, but they certainly don't look it. Willow will send a box of 60 to you, however often you choose, for $54.99.
8. Cora 100% Organic Cotton Moderate Absorbency Ultra-Thin Pads
Whether it's the price (hello, 30-count for $6.99) or just a great excuse to go to Target, these Cora bladder pads are an ideal option for women with light leaks. They're made of hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking material for maximum comfort. Peek at the other offerings from this brand if you like their vibe but want a different size.
9. Always Discreet Boutique
The Always Discreet Boutique line is a fan favorite among lots of postpartum women, and if they work for you after baby, consider trying a pair on for bladder leaks, too. They're $11.99 per pack, available at most stores and pharmacies and online, and their RapidDry core turns liquid to gel for heavy leak protection.
10. Just’nCase Full Briefs with Extra Absorbency
The Just'nCase briefs come in sizes from small to 2XL, so they have some of the most inclusive sizing available. They have study results to prove they absorb at least 50 mL, and they're easy to wash and tumble dry with your other laundry. They can be delivered right to your door for $34.90 per pair.