Swimming with Incontinence

Swimming with Incontinence
With summer just around the corner, the thought of having to manage incontinence at the beach or the pool has crossed your mind. Don't worry! We have some tips on swimming with incontinence.

Swim Products for Women

Some adult-sized swim diapers can be worn under a one-piece suit. You will have to shop around and experiment with the look and bulkiness of the swim diaper. Some retailers that specialize in continence products make a one-piece swimsuit with a no-show liner built in so that you can enjoy your time in the water.

Swim Products for Men
For men, a pull-on swim pant or Velcro adjustable swim “diaper” might be the most convenient option, and they can be worn alone or under loose swim trunks. Easy Access Clothing, listed in the Resources section, carries a men’s pull-on swim short that does not look like a diaper. Modern waterproof underwear is designed not to crinkle noisily as the older plastic versions do, so you will be better able to maintain your privacy.

Resources and Retailers
Regular swim diapers can be found in many drugstores, but for specialty incontinence swimwear you will need to shop at specialty suppliers or medical supply stores. A company in England called Incy Wincy (See Resources) has a good selection of products for men and women, which can be shipped to customers in the U.S. The Resources section also contains a link for MedCatalog, which lists several online sources; you can always ask your doctor to recommend a product or retailer. Above all, you should not let incontinence keep you from living an active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

Caution
Standard incontinence diapers and pads should not be used for swimming, as they will become bloated with water and could cause waste to leak into the pool. Look for waterproof products that are made for immersion. Also, some products are better at holding in urine, some are better at holding in fecal matter. Be sure to research the product carefully before you purchase, to make sure it will meet your needs.