Incontinence pads for women – how often should you change them?

If you’re dealing with unpredictable leaks due to incontinence, it’s important to use the right products. TENA pads for women offer great and discreet protection against leakage and odours. And to help you get the very best use out of our products, here’s some straightforward advice on how often to change pads, how to treat skin irritation, and how often you should change your pad at night.

How many times should you change your pad?

We recommend that you change your pad 3-5 times per day. But each woman is unique, so this may vary depending on factors like the condition of your skin, the amount of leakage you experience, and the kind of product you’re using.
 
The most important advice is that you should always change the incontinence product before it exceeds its absorption capacity. Doing this helps avoid accidental leaks and counteracts skin hygiene issues that can lead to bad odours, dermatitis, and infections.
 
Your pad should be individually suited to your needs. It’s important to choose the right size, absorption level, and type of pad. Also make sure that you get a close and comfortable fit in the groin area. And remember, whatever your lifestyle and absorbency requirements, TENA has just the right female pads to match your needs.
TENA Discreet Mini and TENA Silhouette Noir Mini

TENA pads for women

Stay dry, secure and confident, day and night. Designed for a secure and comfortable fit, with incredible protection.

Why do some women change dry pads?

All TENA incontinence products are comfortable and absorbent, and provide odour control. But each woman is different, and if you live an active life you may want to change pads more often.
 
Even if you haven’t had any major leaks, a change can help you feel confident and comfortable. Listen to your body and do what feels best. Just remember, when changing pads, to keep the skin in your perineal area clean and protected with the right products.

How do you treat skin irritation?

Keep in mind that extended exposure to moisture can cause skin breakdown. This is why it’s important that you change your incontinence pad before it gets too full. If irritation does develop, first wash the skin using the right products, then dry it with a towel. When the area is clean and dry, apply some barrier cream to heal and soothe the skin. Consult your doctor if the irritation continues.

What about changing incontinence pads at night?

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important to every woman’s health. Your incontinence product should help with that, not interrupt it.
 
The key to a more comfortable sleep is greater absorbency. For example, TENA Lady Mini Night with TRIPLE PROTECTION, with extra absorbency when you are lying down, keeps you dry and provides security and confidence all night long.

You’re not alone

Female incontinence is very common and normal, and yet it’s still accompanied by stubborn social stigmas. At TENA we’re working hard to challenge these negative perceptions and improve acceptance. If you have incontinence but haven’t seen a doctor, remember that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. Confiding in someone close to you can also be an enormous relief.
 
Finally, by using the right products, you’ll be prepared to handle daily challenges without worrying about leaks. And when it comes to how often to change incontinence pads, remember to A, always change them before they get too wet, and B, keep your genital area dry, clean, and protected – for healthier skin and better control.