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Best Adult Diapers for Women

Best Adult Diapers for Women

Incontinence is generally equated with aging — and men and women over the age of 45 are most prone to this ailment. 

However, it is more prevalent in women1 who are over the age of 45. Adult diapers for women can help make life easier when dealing with incontinence issues.

It is estimated that over 17 million American women2 suffer from mixed incontinence, such as incontinence stemming from urge and stress. However, stress incontinence spikes once women reach a certain age. 

After years of meticulous research and development, companies have created numerous products to help women of all ages to manage their incontinence. Depending on the severity level, you can pick products that meet your specific needs.

We've created this guide about adult diapers for women to go through the finer details, so you can make the best decision for your own lifestyle.

Types of adult diapers for women

Adult diapers for women

Here are a few different adult diaper options you are likely to find:

Pull-up diapers

If you suffer from mild to moderate incontinence, these diapers are just the product you need. You can use pull-up diapers just like you use your regular underwear, and wear them under any outfit comfortably. These diapers are thin and feel like cloth when you touch them. If you live independently without any support, these diapers can be the perfect choice for you. 

Reusable diapers

Reusable diapers are often made from cloth. These diapers are thin and perfect for people who have very sensitive skin. You can remove and wash these cloth reusable diapers multiple times. However, they are not as absorbent as adult briefs and pull-up diapers. Individuals who live independently with mild incontinence can opt for this type of adult diaper.

Adult tabbed briefs

Adult tabbed briefs are very absorbent diapers. They have a thick lining around the crotch area that absorbs large amounts of moisture. Most adult tabbed briefs also have anti-odor technology to keep smells locked in as well. These diapers fit tightly around the pelvis region, and are a great solution for people suffering from severe incontinence — or those who need assistance from a caregiver.

Things to consider before buying adult diapers for women

Shopping for adult diapers becomes significantly easier when you know exactly what you are looking for. It’s best to shortlist a few features you need to find yourself the best adult diapers. 


Irrespective of the severity of your incontinence, you need a diaper that fits snugly around the crotch area. You can find a variety of sizes in diapers for adult women. Make sure you pick the best fit for your body. Note that some brands will emphasize the waist measurement, while others may emphasize the hip measurement, which is different — so be sure to pay attention to which measurement it is giving you.

Waist size vs hip size

Odor elimination

One of the biggest concerns around adult diapers for women is the odor that can persist with reusable diapers. Adult pull-up diapers and tabbed briefs built with technology that can control bacteria will trap the odor and keep you fresh for long periods of time.


The material of the adult diaper determines the quality, comfort, and overall experience of the user. You can either go for diapers made with plastics or use reusable ones made out of cloth. If you have sensitive skin, you should opt for cloth-based materials to minimize the chances of inflammation.

Due to its flexible structure, a plastic-backed adult brief is stronger and less likely to rip. This, along with refastenable and adjustable tabs, provides a comfortable and personalized fit that moves with you without gaps, reducing the likelihood of leaks. Additionally, A plastic-backed adult brief will help those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome since it can better control fecal and urine incontinence.

The plastic backing helps to keep odors at bay. Wetness and odor have a tougher time escaping plastic than they do with cloth or breathable textiles. If you work, attend social events, or are often in public, a poly-backed brief is a preferable option. 

For added comfort, the smooth plastic surface of the adult disposable diaper may be worn beneath any kind of clothes. Plastic retains its form better even when dirty, which is particularly helpful for the waist and leg opening regions, which do not droop when the undergarment is damp.

If you or a loved one suffers from severe fecal incontinence and needs a disposable brief with a greater leak and odor containment threshold, a plastic-backed incontinence product can be a great option.


Absorbency is the feature that determines how much moisture your diaper can hold within itself. Adult diapers for women come in various sizes, and can absorb different amounts right from a few milliliters to cups worth of fluid. Depending on the severity of your incontinence, choose an incontinence product that can hold your urine for adequate amounts of time.

Level of Incontinence Level of Activity Recommended Products
Light (typically up to 12 oz.) Active Shop Incontinence Pads
Moderate (typically up to 20 oz.) Inactive Shop Pull-Ups
Heavy (typically up to 34 oz.) Housebound/Bedridden Shop Tabbed Briefs

Top adult diapers for women for controlling incontinence

Here are a few great options you should consider buying if you want some relief from incontinence.

1.    Prevail PurseReady Pull Up Underwear for Women, Moderate absorbency, Individually packaged

Prevail PurseReady Pull Up Underwear for Women, Moderate absorbency, Individually packaged

This product is just right for you if you suffer from moderate incontinence and you need a discreet adult diaper for daily wear. This pull-up diaper quickly absorbs any moisture and keeps you fresh throughout the day.

Purseready comes in small/medium and large sizes. They come in 72 count packs and 80 count packs, depending on your size requirement.

Top features:

  • Comes in discreet packaging
  • Ideal for moderate incontinence
  • Highly absorbent
  • Odor control technology
  • Comfortable material, perfect for sensitive skin

2.    Depend® FIT-FLEX® Pull Up Underwear for Women, Maximum Absorbency, Tan Color

This pull-up underwear is made of soft cotton material but is absorbent at the same time. You can buy it in two different sizes, small and extra-large.

This underwear also has odor control technology and fits perfectly. The tan color makes it a great everyday choice for women. It is not too bulky—so you can wear it under regular outfits.

Top features:

  • Discreet packaging
  • Odor control
  • Suitable for moderate incontinence
  • Tear-away seams for hassle-free discarding

3.    TENA Women's Protective Pull Up Underwear, Moderate absorbency, Advanced odor protection

TENA Women's Protective Pull Up Underwear, Moderate absorbency, Advanced odor protection

If you are looking for a soft pull-up underwear-style adult diaper for women, this is an excellent choice for you. It feels like regular underwear but comes with high absorbency and odor control technology due to its super absorbent polymers.

Top features:

  • Tear-away seams
  • Suitable for moderate incontinence
  • Soft cotton-like material
  • Highly breathable

4.    Prevail Per-Fit Pull Up Underwear for Women, Heavy absorbency, Breathable, Stretchable

If you are looking for comfortable underwear that does not negatively impact your skin, then you should consider opting for this pull-up diaper.

This adult diaper for women comes with highly absorbent MaxSorb technology, so you do not feel the moisture at all as it gets instantly soaked up. Additionally, it is available in three different sizes — from medium, large, to extra-large.

Top features:

  • Keeps odor away
  • Soft cotton material perfect for sensitive skin
  • Highly absorbent
  • Breathable material to keep you fresh
  • Suitable for moderate incontinence

5.    Tranquility All-Through-The-Night Unisex Tabbed Brief, Heavy absorbency, Urine & Fecal

Tranquility All-Through-The-Night Unisex Tabbed Brief, Heavy absorbency, Urine & Fecal

This adult tabbed brief is designed for people who are not fully independent and live with someone else for support. It has high absorbency, and is suitable for people with severe incontinence and even bowel incontinence.

The diaper comes in different sizes, extra small, small, and large, and you can buy it in packs. The peach mat core is highly absorbent and ensures that no odor persists.

Top features:

  • Adjustable tabs on the sides to ensure the perfect fit
  • Comes with wetness indicators to show caregivers
  • High-rise for added comfort
  • Soft edges and elastic around the legs

To conclude with

Adult diapers for women are merely an aid to assist with incontinence. There are many other treatments, and support facilities that patients suffering from incontinence can opt for. However, only trained healthcare professionals can offer these treatments.


  1. Victor W Nitti, MD, “The Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence”, Rev Urol. 2001; 3(Suppl 1): S2–S6. PMID: 16985992
  2. Laura Hunter Koch, “Help-Seeking Behaviors of Women with Urinary Incontinence: An Integrative Literature Review”, Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Volume 51, Issue 6, 2006, Pages e39-e44, ISSN 1526-9523.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is purely for educational purposes and should not be used in place of the advice of your doctor or physician.