Protection for occasional incontinence
I've been diagnosed with an overactive bladder. I take Vesicare, which helps but does not completely eliminate the problems. I still struggle with urgency and frequency, and very occasionally I don't make it to the bathroom in time when the bladder spasms start.\n\nMy challenge is that these episodes don't happen very often. They usually happen in clusters, so I may have three accidents in a week, losing perhaps one to two cups of urine each time (that's a rough estimate - I don't have any easy way to measure it) but then it may be a month or more before I have another accident. It's very unpredictable.\n\nI've struggled with finding appropriate protection. I've tried various kinds of briefs, but they seem like overkill since I may end up changing a month's worth (or more) of briefs without a single leak, and all of them that I've tried get lumpy just with sweat and body humidity so I end up going through two essentially dry briefs a day - throwing away sixty or more briefs just in case I have an accident seems wasteful, and the briefs aren't cheap. I've tried the disposable underwear, which leaked nearly as badly as not wearing any protection. Guards are less expensive, but they don't look like they'd hold enough to be of any real use in my case. I've thought about some of the reusable products, but they're shockingly expensive (in many cases over $40 each) and they all seem to either be the type that looks like regular underwear (but doesn't appear to hold much, so I'm doubtful that they'd be helpful) or the type that pins on like a brief (but those all appear to be really bulky).\n\nI'm sure I'm not the first one to run across this problem. What have other people done that's worked? Is there any option besides the unfortunate choice between going through dozens of dry briefs for each one that's wet, and going without protection and putting up with the occasional accident?