Caregiver Partnership Absorbency Guide

This guide can help you choose the best product for your incontinence. The three main styles of incontinence products (Pads, Pull-On Underwear and Briefs) vary greatly in their abosrobency, with pads having the least capacity and briefs having the highest capacity.

At Caregiver Partnership, we use a six-drop scale that is different for each style.  In other words, a 3-drop rated pad has a very different maximum absorbency than a 3-drop brief.  The drops are used to compare products within a style, but not to compare products of different styles. In general a 6-drop product in one style is similar to a 3-drop product in the next most absorbent style.

  Pads Pull-On Underwear Breifs (Adult Diapers)
Very light incontinence absorbency Stress Incontinence - a few drops X X
Light incontinence absorbency Stress Incontinence - a small spritz of fluid X X
Moderate incontinence absorbency Stress and mild Urge Incontinence - a small gush of fluid Stress and Urge Incontinence - a large gush of fluid, but not a full bladder loss Up to 3 full bladder losses - urine and fecal Incontinence
Maximum incontinence absorbency Stress and moderate Urge Incontinence - a moderate gush of fluid Stress and Urge Incontinence - up to 1 full bladder loss Up to 4 full bladder losses - urine and fecal Incontinence
Ultimate incontinence absorbency Stress and heavy Urge Incontinence - a large gush of fluid Stress and Urge Incontinence - up to 2 full bladder losses Up to 5 full bladder losses - urine and fecal Incontinence
Overnight incontinence absorbency Stress and Urge Incontinence - a large gush of fluid, but not a full bladder loss Stress and Urge Incontinence - up to 3 full bladder losses Up to 6 full bladder losses - urine and fecal Incontinence