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What Are Booster Pads And How Do They Help?

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Thousands of folks wear incontinence products each day to help them live a happy, healthy, and full lifestyle without worrying about leaks. These range from light pads, to a protective underwear style, to a wrap-around brief. 

Once you find a product that fits well and is comfortable, the next step is making sure the absorbency meets your needs. What happens if your perfect fit does not meet your coverage needs? That is where Booster Pads come in.

WHAT ARE BOOSTER PADS?

As the name implies, these specialized pads BOOST absorbency.  Booster Pads are made without the waterproof backing of traditional incontinence pads and are meant to be used in combination with another product (underwear, pads, or briefs.) The flow-through design allows urine to absorb in the booster pad to a certain capacity, and then the rest flows through to the product beneath the pad. 

HOW ARE BOOSTER PADS DIFFERENT THAN REGULAR INCONTINENCE PADS?

Regular incontinence pads have a waterproof backing that keeps your washable underwear from getting wet. Booster Pads have a flow-through backing that allows liquid to flow through to the primary product underneath once the Booster Pad has reached capacity. If you were to double up a regular incontinence pad or put one inside of a protective underwear or wrap-around brief, the waterproof backing would cover the absorbent area below it. Typically, this makes the primary product less absorbent since the absorbent area is being blocked. 

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Can I Find Booster Pads In Stores?

Most retail stores in the United States do not carry Booster Pads. Reassure® Booster Pads can be found online exclusively at http://www.hdis.com – HDIS also carries other brands in a variety of styles, sizes, and absorbency levels.

Prices for Reassure® Booster Pads start as low as $10.99 at HDIS.com and shipping is FREE to 48 states. 

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SIZE BOOSTER PAD TO GET?

Your Booster Pad needs to fit comfortably on or in your primary product. 

If you have an incontinence pad that needs more absorbency, you can add a Booster Pad on top. You will want to make sure that the Booster Pad is shorter and narrower than your primary pad. If your primary pad is contoured or hourglass-shaped, make sure to account for the width at the narrowest part. 

If your primary product is protective underwear, you’ll want to make sure the Booster Pad is narrower than the crotch of the underwear. If any of the Booster Pad hangs off the edge, it is possible that leakage could occur. You will also want to make sure that the Booster Pad is short enough that it does not stick out the top of the protective underwear, in the front or back.

For briefs, you would want to follow the same steps as protective underwear. Make sure that the Booster Pad fits comfortably without hanging over any edges. 

HOW TO USE BOOSTER PADS?

Booster Pads are placed inside another absorbent product. This will maximize the absorbency of your primary product, like a pad, protective underwear, or wrap-around brief. Many Booster Pads have an adhesive strip on the back to help keep it in place where you need it most. 

You can use them at times that you feel you need extra coverage, such as when you will be away from a bathroom, like at a doctor’s appointment, or on a trip. They are also great for use at night when we tend to have heavier leakage. 

Booster Pads can also be used to help you feel cleaner. If you have a small spurt or gush, you can remove the Booster Pad and have a dry primary product underneath. This will help your skin feel dry and clean. 

Watch the HDIS YouTube Booster Pad video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTlXVVnm_XE

CAN I USE MORE THAN ONE BOOSTER PAD AT A TIME?

You can! In theory, you could wear them twelve high, but that may be a little uncomfortable. Some folks will double up Booster Pads in times where they need a lot of extra protection or want to feel extra confident in not having leaks. Times like this include during a big social event like a wedding, graduation, concert, or seminar. It could also be great for those situations when getting to the bathroom in time could be more difficult, like long car rides or trips on planes. I don’t think any of us have ever been in an airplane bathroom that we feel particularly comfortable in. 

You can also have them doubled up in case you have light leakage and just want to change the Booster Pad. It will help extend the life of your primary product.

HOW DO BOOSTER PADS HELP ME SAVE MONEY?

Booster Pads are a great way to help you save money. If you are someone who likes to change your product as soon as you have leakage, you could change a Booster Pad instead. Booster Pads typically cost less per piece than regular pads, protective underwear, and wrap-around briefs. By changing the Booster Pad and saving your primary product, you’ll save additional money.

Finally, Reassure® Booster Pads are backed by a 100% Money Back Guarantee.  If you are not completely satisfied with the products, you can get your money back.

CAN BOOSTER PADS HELP CAREGIVERS? 

They certainly can! Booster Pads are great for caregivers. If you have a hard time changing an individual, changing out a Booster Pad can be much easier, especially after a light incident. This can also make for easier changes in places like public restrooms, where stalls are usually much smaller than bathrooms in the home. 

It is quite a bit easier to change a Booster Pad in a restroom stall rather than a whole protective underwear. 

ARE BOOSTER PADS CALLED ANYTHING ELSE? 

You may also hear Booster Pads referred to as “insert pads”, “inserts”, “liners”, “topliners” or “doublers.” You typically will not find Booster Pads in retail stores, but they are available online or via phone and mail order via HDIS.  

Visit www.HDIS.com or call 1-800-269-4663 (1-800-2MY-HOME) for more info, to request a catalog, or to place an order.

WHAT DO BOOSTER PADS LOOK LIKE?

Booster Pads will typically come in two shapes: rectangular or contoured (hourglass-shaped). Rectangular are the most common and work well with pads and protective underwear. 

The contoured (hourglass-shaped) pads are excellent for protective underwear and briefs. They also work really well with plus-sized bodies. The wide wings in the front and back give coverage in the front and rear, but do not add unnecessary bulk to the crotch area. 

Booster Pads will also come in a range of thicknesses, but for the most part they are thinner than most overnight pads. 

CAN BOOSTER PADS BE USED IF I HAVE BOWEL INCONTINENCE? 

Yes, they can! Booster Pads can be a great way to quickly change out a product after a void, and they are great for helping you stay dry, clean, and to help eliminate odors. 

Typically for bowel incontinence, we’d recommend a contoured or hourglass-shaped Booster Pad in something like a protective underwear or wrap-around brief that has leg guards. That combination will help you stay contained until you can make it to a restroom to change your products. 

DO I HAVE TO WEAR BOOSTER PADS DIRECTLY BELOW MY CROTCH?

Not at all! Booster Pads can be worn wherever you need the most coverage. If someone is a side-sleeper and tends to leak out of the side they lay on, they can place the Booster Pad more to the side where the leakage occurs. 

If someone is a back sleeper, the Booster Pads can be moved more to the back or even worn like a letter “T”, with one down the center and one across the waist, for additional coverage. 

It would be the opposite for stomach sleepers, with the pad going across the waist, below the belly button. 

SHOP BOOSTER PADS AND OTHER INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS NOW AT WWW.HDIS.COM 

Questions?  Chat with a helpful incontinence expert at www.HDIS.com or give HDIS a call and they’ll take care of you! 1-800-269-4663 (1-800-2MY-HOME)

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