Someone in my family has developed urinary incontinence
We asked experienced users about the first time they noticed that a family member was experiencing urinary leaks, how the handled it, and more. Read on to learn the results of our survey!
Note: All data collected from a Unicharm survey conducted between April 22 and June 2, 2015(112 respondents who have experienced urinary leaks)
It’s hard for people to talk about it. The first time family members noticed was when the person didn’t make it to the toilet on time, or when they found soiled underwear.
When was the first time you noticed that your family member was experiencing urinary leaks? (select all that apply)
The most common responses were “when they couldn’t make it to the toilet” or “when I discovered soiled undergarments”.
Others said that they first noticed when the person didn’t put their undergarments in the washing machine. Quite a few others just had a sense that something was going on in the course of the person’s daily activities.
Urinary incontinence is not easy to talk about it, so it’s important for the people around to notice changes that might signal an issue.
Most people recommend a specialty product for mild leaks
When you first noticed that a family member was experiencing leaks, did you recommend a product to them?
More than 40% of respondents said that they recommended a pad designed for light leaks. It seems like it’s becoming more common for people to address urinary leaks with pads rather than adult diapers. The less resistance people with leaks have to using products like these, the more likely they are to recommend them to others.
About 65% of respondents purchased the product and then suggested that their family member use them
How did you recommend the product to your family member?
Our survey showed that 65.2% of respondents purchased the product and the suggested that their family member try it out. This indicates that it can be quite difficult psychologically for the person experiencing the leaks to purchase the products for themselves.
Other experienced users said that they actually tried out the product they selected to make sure it would stay dry before recommending it to their parent. Some said that they spoke directly too them about how uncomfortable a leaking incident would be, and from there got them to agree to use something. Support from the people around you is critical in getting those experiencing leaks to use the products that can give them more comfort and confidence day after day.