There is a wide misconception regarding the styles of incontinence products, and this article will clear it up. A “Brief” is not a pull-on style incontinence product! While in the common underwear terminology, a brief is stepped into and pulled up to be worn, this is NOT what an incontinence brief is. In incontinence terminology, a “brief” is a tape-tab style product that opens, and the tape tabs are fastened at the hip, like baby diapers. For Tranquility Products, “Disposable Absorbent Underwear” (DAU) is a pull-on style product that is stepped into and pulled up to be worn, like traditional underwear.
Why Choose a Disposable Brief
Disposable briefs with refastenable tape tabs are ideal for adults with limited mobility and limited use of the toilet. This is because people with limited mobility may not be able to stand or may have difficulty lifting their legs, making a pull-on style product to difficult to change. Disposable briefs can be changed while an individual is laying down and the tabs can be repositioned for a comfortable fit. Additionally, disposable briefs are preferred by some with unique body shapes because the brief can be tightened to fit your shape. There are other personal preferences of wearers that make disposable briefs a preference over Disposable Absorbent Underwear, such as a poly-backing on some briefs (be sure to read the product details), the ability for multiple fastenings, and higher absorbency (EliteCare).
Why Choose a Disposable Absorbent Underwear (DAU)
Disposable Absorbent Underwear, pull-on style incontinence products, are quickly becoming the most popular style. They are ideal for adults who manage their own incontinence and want to wear a product that is similar to traditional underwear, in both look and feel. Disposable Absorbent Underwear are also recommended for adults with Alzheimer’s disease because they are worn like regular underwear, triggering the muscle memory of pulling on underwear like they always have. Plus, adults with Alzheimer’s may want to remove or pull at the tape-tabs on a disposable brief, which isn’t an issue with DAUs.
An added benefit of Disposable Absorbent Underwear are the tear-away sides, making them easy to remove (just rip the sides down) and easy to dispose.
In summary, a “brief” is not a pull-up or pull-on style incontinence product. A disposable incontinence brief is a tape-tab style product that utilizes tabs to secure the brief closed. If you are seeking a pull-on style product, you want to use Disposable Absorbent Underwear. Hopefully this helps clear the confusion around incontinence briefs vs pull-on style incontinence products.
Brief ≠ Pull-on
Brief = Tape-tabs
Disposable Absorbent Underwear = Pull-on