Saturday, March 9, 2019

Product Wars: Amazon Solimo Maximum Long Pads vs. Walmart Overnight Incontinence Pads

The Winner

The Also-Ran

Adult incontinence: it's a subject that no-one likes to address. And yet, it exists, and it does need to be addressed.
Incontinence can occur for a number of reasons, some physiological, some neurological, and sometimes there are several factors causing the issue.
Adult incontinence is not a normal aspect of aging. 
Adult incontinence is not a "lack of personal control" and it isn't funny for the person it is happening to. It can curtail a person's ability to enjoy life.
Cutesy ads have made "light bladder leakage" in middle-aged women acceptable. But there are a lot of people who live with more than just "light bladder leakage."
"Light bladder leakage" is caused by stress incontinence.
There are four main types of incontinence.
Urge incontinence due to an overactive bladder
Stress incontinence due to poor closure of the bladder
Overflow incontinence due to either poor bladder contraction or blockage of the urethra
Functional incontinence due to medications or health problems making it difficult to reach the bathroom
Stress incontinence occurs most commonly in women due to pelvic floor insufficiency, and overflow incontinence occurs most commonly in men due to prostate issues.
The products I compared for this post are tailored for women. 
When one experiences more than the teeny dribbles associated with the "light bladder leakage" spoken of in dulcet tones during adorable advertisements, one needs more than the teeny panty liners showcased in said advertisements. For those who have spinal cord injuries and can't feel when they have passed urine or for those who have sudden large surges of urine overflow, something more absorbent than a thin liner is necessary.
I began dealing with severe urge/overflow incontinence when I was in my late thirties, and there was no way a teeny panty liner was going to cut the mustard. Over the years I have tried various pads for dealing with the issue. None of them have been perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but some work better than others.
Incontinence pads are hella expensive, which is why I thought I'd give the Amazon Solimo brand a try. 
I ordered the Amazon Solimo maximum long pads. This is the product review that I am going to leave for Amazon.
I give this item three out of five stars. It isn't the worst I've found, but it isn't adequate for heavy surges. If this item is "long," I would hate to see the "regular" version. The absorbency is closer to moderate than maximum. It offers no protection for side leaks and has a tendency to bunch in the middle. The pad is comfortable enough, but will not do the job for heavy urine loss.
I happened to be in Walmart to buy printer cartridges and decided to give the Equate Overnight pads another try. These pads aren't perfect (none of them are) but they provide better coverage than the Solimo pads. Tena Overnight provides better side coverage, but the Equate pads are longer and provide better coverage towards the back of the pad. The Equate pads are $8.99 for 28 pads, making them an affordable option.
I would rather not have to use incontinence pads. I have never heard of anybody wanting to use incontinence pads. But if you have to use them, you want something that's going to do the job right.
Every body is different, and you may find that the Solimo pads work fine for your incontinence issues. They are an affordable option, which is why I am providing a search box in this post. The Solimo brand also offers menstrual pads.
Incontinence is an issue that no-one wants to have. However, I believe that it should not be taboo to discuss such issues. Adult urinary incontinence is an inconvenient reality for many people. It should not be something that people need to feel ashamed of.


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