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Disposal of used pads and pants

Disposable continence pads and pants are designed to contain and absorb urine and faeces. They should be changed at least 4-6 times a day and when wet or soiled.

  1. Empty any solid bowel motions into the toilet and flush.
  2. Fold or roll up the pad and put it into a plastic bag - make sure the bag doesn't have any holes.
  3. Securely tie or wrap the bag.
  4. Put the bag in the rubbish bin, or a suitable disposal system.

Important: don't flush disposable continence pads or pants down the toilet. Disposable pads contain an absorbent gel that will swell and block the plumbing.

Disposal when away from home

When away from home, bring with you:

  • spare disposable continence pads and pants
  • strong plastic bags that are not likely to break
  • disposable wet wipes
  • disposable gloves.

Some public toilets have suitable rubbish bins, particularly toilets designed for people with disability. If there is no suitable bin in the toilet, take the used products home and throw them away in your home rubbish bin.

Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence nurse advisor.

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This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.