If you find yourself experiencing urinary incontinence, we’ve got some good news: You’re definitely not alone.

It’s been reported that over 4 out of 10 women ages 65 and older experience urinary incontinence, which involves a loss of bladder control. Yet while this condition is frequently associated with aging, the truth is that it can occur at any time in a person’s life.

Moreover, it can be caused by a number of extenuating circumstances, including:

Though there are treatment options available that can potentially cure urinary incontinence, specially designed products can help to prevent leakage in the interim.

Thankfully, there are more options than ever when it comes to this type of undergarment. From stylish, reusable panties to colorful pads that can be stored discreetly in your favorite bag, brands are swapping bulky undies for stylish, supportive panties. Some brands have even created equally fashion-forward options for men.

Peruse some of our favorite options in incontinence underwear and pads below, but take note, the Office on Women’s Health recommends speaking with a healthcare professional if you do experience urinary incontinence.

Willow Women’s Disposable Signature Underwear

Share on Pinterest
  • Cost: Free trial and then $54.99 a box
  • Available at: Willow

If you’re new to incontinence underwear, Willow Women’s might be a great place to start. The monthly subscription box begins with a month-long free trial (you just have to cover $4.99 for shipping), which gives you time to test out the feel and fit of its disposable undies.

Once the trial is over, you can decide how often you’d like to receive the underwear and plans can be cancelled at any time.

Available in multiple neutral colors and sizes, Willow’s undies received top marks from online reviewers for feeling like a regular pair of underwear and its unnoticeable fit under clothing. The only downside is the products are made to be worn only once and then disposed. However, Willow does create its underwear using natural fibers and cuts back on the packaging.

Benefits

  • also available in men’s styles
  • made from 30% natural fibers, packaging is recyclable and minimal

Icon Hi-Waist Pee-Proof Panties

Share on Pinterest
  • Cost: $39
  • Available at: Icon

From the makers of THINX, a line of moisture-absorbent menstruation underwear, comes Icon, washable incontinence underwear.

Icon created a variety of styles — from thongs to bikini cut — to suit your wardrobe and absorbency needs. Each pair of underwear holds up to eight teaspoons of liquid, except for the thong which only holds three.

If you’re new to the brand, Icon says its Hi-Waist style is their best-seller, and based on online reviews, it’s easy to see why. Customers frequently praise the underwear for being comfortable and stylish but still sexy, and some were excited to find no visible panty lines while wearing.

Along with basic black and nude-colored underwear, the brand recently unveiled a summer-inspired periwinkle shade, and rose and midnight (navy blue) are also options.

Benefits

  • washable and reusable
  • holds up to 8 teaspoons of liquid; 3 teaspoons for thongs
  • available up to size 5XL

Confitex Women’s Full Brief Basic

Share on Pinterest

You don’t have to sacrifice on style when it comes to incontinence underwear. The Confitex Women’s Full Brief Basic comes in three fun colors and its lace-trimmed edges make for a comfortable and cute fit.

Briefs can be washed and then reused, and their underwear are made of material that’s washer and dryer friendly. Although most online reviewers praised the product, some customers did warn that they struggled with finding a proper fit and advised those considering a purchase to carefully review the sizing chart.

Benefits

  • made of bamboo fiber which can last longer than cotton
  • available in sizes XS–3XL
  • comes in two absorbency levels

Fannypants Canyon Panties

Share on Pinterest

Made of nylon and Lycra, the Canyon underwear from Fannypants was created to give a seamless fit without the appearance of panty lines.

Available in multiple colors — including a sky blue and copper — underwear contains a stitched-on pad to hold liquid. Although you can toss these panties in the wash and reuse, Fannypants doesn’t recommend using a dryer, instead suggesting line-drying.

If you find yourself in love with the Canyon style, Fannypants also features additional collections for women, and multiple lines for men.

Benefits

  • odor control
  • washable and reusable

Time for Me Super Incontinence Panty

Share on Pinterest

The diversity in sizing is what makes Time for Me a great choice for customers looking for a custom fit. Created for heavy absorbency, the high-waisted underwear can hold up to 10 ounces of liquid.

Despite the numerous sizing options available, online reviewers did warn that the product ran smaller than expected. One customer also said they experienced a lack of odor protection.

Benefits

  • available in sizes small to 8X
  • washable and reusable

Alternative options

Incontinence underwear isn’t your only option for protection. Pads, available in reusable and disposable variations, are also a favorite among online customers.

HestaOrganic Washable Incontinence Pads

Share on Pinterest

Available in three sizes, these cloth pads are washable and reusable and can last up to two to three years. It’s recommended that those with a heavy flow use a pad with wings, while its lighter, straight pad was made for more flexibility.

Although some online reviewers liked that the product was able to provide them with an entire day of protection, others experienced leakage — even when selecting a heavier size.

Benefits

  • washable and reusable
  • made of eco-friendly 100% organic cotton

Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads

Share on Pinterest
  • Cost: $14.99 for a 5 pack
  • Available at: Amazon

Have some fun with your choice of protection and choose one of these colorful incontinence pads. Created with a bamboo charcoal inner fabric, pads can be rewashed and reused, but Wegreeco does recommend changing your pad every two to six hours, or as needed.

Along with cute designs, the pads come with a waterproof carrying case to hold new and used pads. Online reviewers liked the addition of the bag, but some did note that the pads were longer in size than expected, and others felt the snap-on closure didn’t prevent the pad from sliding during daily wear.

Benefits

  • waterproof carrying case
  • washable and reusable

It’s important to find a product that suits your needs

There are a number of incontinence products out there, so finding the right one may feel overwhelming. Whether you prefer a colorful pad or wish to wear an adorable pair of lacy undies, it’s your choice and should be based on your individual needs.


Lauren Rearick is a freelance writer and fan of coffee. You can find her tweeting at @laurenelizrrr or on her website.