Learning About Adult Protective Underwear for Men

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Adult protective underwear may be helpful for a person who has incontinence. A person who has incontinence has trouble controlling urine or stool. This underwear helps absorb urine and catch stool.

There are different types of adult underwear. A washable type may be useful when a loved one has trouble using the disposable type.

When putting on adult underwear, make sure the tabs are in the back. Make sure the underwear is the right size so that it fits well. This is important for people who are very thin or overweight. The elastic at the legs should fit well and not be too loose. A good fit can help stop leaks. And it can keep the skin from getting sore.

What are the types of adult underwear for men?

Some types of adult underwear are a pull-up style (made of elastic or cloth), and some use adhesive tabs or an elastic band with buttons.


Pull-up adult underwear with wide elastic band, with view of penis positioned down
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An elastic pull-up style is made of a stretchy material. With any type of adult underwear, the penis should be positioned down and centered on the body.


Pull-up adult underwear with adhesive tabs on each side
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Adhesive tab styles have tabs to help adjust and secure the underwear.


Cloth pull-up adult underwear
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Cloth pull-up styles are made to look and feel like standard briefs.

Elastic bands and buttons

Pull-up adult underwear with elastic bands that attach to the front
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Elastic band and button styles use stretchy bands with buttons at the end to secure the pull-up on each side.

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