What is double dipping exactly? Traditionally, it’s when you dip your chip into the salsa or other condiment more than once. Etiquette guru, Emily Post, says this habit is ‘gauche’ while in mixed company.
But would you be surprised to know that there is a second potential meaning to double dipping that’s all about incontinence? Among the coolest kids on the incontinent playground, double dipping is when you pee twice into the same diaper in order to extend the life of the diaper and save money. Personally, I think Emily Post’s opinion works for this definition too!
But aside from issues of etiquette, double dipping in your diapers can cause some serious complications and end up costing you more money in the long run.
Absorbent products go by a lot of names these day – adult diapers, briefs, pads, male guards and pull ups, just to name a few. Whatever the brand, there are some basic commonalities. Absorbent products are made up of hydrophilic materials like paper pulp which absorb urine and a hydrophobic external layer like nylon to hold the moisture inside and prevent leaks.
The price of most superabsorbent pads is between $0.44 and $0.86 per unit. Pads should be changed an average of 4-6 times a day, meaning that the annual expenditure for an incontinent man using pads could be as high as $4,402. Because absorbents aren’t covered by insurance, these costs are borne almost exclusively by the individual user.
So I understand the impulse to try and make your pad last a little longer and to save a little of that money. But sadly diapers are generally only designed to absorb around 16 ounces of fluid in a single episode and most do very poorly during a second urination.
In an amusing 2008 article, Slate contributor Justin Peters tested 6 different diaper brands for absorbency, wearability, longevity and style. His experiment led him to make a couple of recommendations that I wanted to share below.
#1 – Generic is a bad idea!
“Store brands are for the sad soul who is both incontinent and destitute, and for nobody else. Conventional wisdom says that any savings that may result from using generic personal-hygiene products are subsumed by the discomfort that users must endure. This is doubly true for generic adult diapers. Unless you are impoverished, or a masochist, there is no reason to go generic. The savings are minimal, and so is the quality.”
#2 – A Diaper Should Never Be Memorable.
“My experience with Kroger was particularly memorable, which isn’t a good thing when it comes to diapers. They were about as absorbent as a drainpipe, sagging under the weight of the water and leaking like Daniel Ellsberg. Eventually I consumed enough liquor to muster the courage to wear them wet. Unfortunately, consuming all that liquor also mustered enough urine to make the testing process one of the more unpleasant experiences of my life. The diaper swelled until it could swell no more, at which point streams of urine began running down the sides of my legs.”
“Even though I had locked myself in a bathroom to perform the test, I still feel unaccountably ashamed, as if God were laughing at me—a feeling made worse by my inability to exit the diaper. The Kroger diaper features quick-release strips on its sides so that wearers can rip the sides for a quick and easy exit. But the strips didn’t immediately rip, and I just stood there stymied for a few seconds, tugging ineffectively at a wet adult diaper and feeling as if there must be easier ways to make a living. Afterward, I headed directly to the shower.”
#3 – One size fits all doesn’t.
“I also tested the [Depends] Super Plus Absorbency Adjustable Underwear variety (now with worry-free odor control!), which looked and felt like a cut-rate codpiece. While it was comfortable and largely itch-free, the main problem was that the garment didn’t fit. It is undoubtedly difficult to make a one-size-fits-all adult diaper, but I fell squarely inside the L/XL size according to the chart on the box, and I could have fit another person in these briefs. (This is speculation: I did not attempt this.)”
#4 – The super-absorbency label is meaningless.
“Like Depends, Attends was functional, but its performance certainly wasn’t great. Attends was the most comfortable domestic diaper when it came to long-term wear, but that’s sort of like saying that first-degree burns are the best kind of burn. While, like a Depends, it held about 16 ounces of liquid before structural integrity was breached, it certainly did not live up to its expected absorbency. A basic Attends brief promises to hold about 15 ounces of liquid; you would expect that the Super Plus Absorbency variety would exceed that capacity. It did not, which is no big surprise.”
The conclusion of his personalized testing was the realization that: “adult-diaper manufacturers are sort of bastards.” Knowing what I do about the instances of diaper rash, urinary tract infections and the embarrassment factor of adult diapers, I think he has a point.
It always strikes me when I read something like this, I wish more people knew about the better options that were available for men with incontinence. Men’s Liberty is discreet, dignified and dependable which is more than you can say about the diapers Justin tested…
For the full story, click here: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/geezers/2008/09/whats_the_best_adult_diaper.2.html
For more information on adult diaper complications, click out our recent post: What Adult Diaper Companies Don’t Want Men to Know…