A YEAR OF LEARNING - PATIENT PERSPECTIVES ON ABSORBENT PRODUCTS
Since 2019, NAFC has been conducting annual “State of Incontinence” surveys in an effort to learn directly from patients what their experience with bladder and bowel disorders is like – how it effects them physically and emotionally, the impact it has on their relationships, how it influences quality of life, how they manage and treat their conditions and more.
This year’s survey addresses patient’s attitudes regarding absorbent products. Absorbents are often patients’ first option to manage leaks, and for many sufferers, they are the primary line of defense used to treat their incontinence.
While absorbent products are growing considerably as a product category and the stigma around their use is lessening, there remains a meaningful degree of confusion around product options and many patients still have reservations about their use.
A LOOK INSIDE…
Our 52-page survey is rich in content, with dozens and dozens of charts, graphs and infographics that provide clarity and insight on hundreds of data points related to absorbent use. You’ll find useful information on patient attitudes regarding performance, fit, use occasions, shopping preferences and more, all presented in a pleasing, highly readable format.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SURVEY…
THERE IS A STRONG STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH ABSORBENT PRODUCTS
The prevailing sense is that society looks down upon them or judges them for their need to wear absorbent products, due to many reported reasons. Nonetheless, most respondents say that this hasn’t stopped them from accepting what needs to be done and doing it.
Despite feeling protected when using an absorbent, many people also reported feeling embarrassed and self-conscious.
While absorbent products are often a default option, most respondents said they use them in conjunction with other therapies.
A majority of respondents, both male, and female reported wearing absorbent products all the time, day and night.
A significant number of respondents, both male and female, have a set of preferred day and night products.
WHAT MATTERS MOST?
Attributes related to performance were ranked highest in terms of importance, while features that helped them to remain discreet followed closely behind.
PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES, PURCHASING, AND INNOVATION
Nearly half of all respondents reported being very satisfied with how well their products work, and most users reported that they were satisfied with their absorbents.
While efficacy is paramount, respondents across all income levels stated that they would be willing to pay a premium for the convenience, product selection, and discreteness offered with online shopping.
Finally, much like prescription medicines, absorbent products put an ongoing strain on household budgets. More than 30% of patients feel a significant impact on their bottom line.
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Executive Director’s Letter
Survey Purpose and Goals
Focus and Methodology
THE STATE OF INCONTINENCE 2021 – ABSORBENT PRODUCTSTHE STATE OF INCONTINENCE 2021 – ABSORBENT PRODUCTS
Living with Incontinence
Stigma and Social Perception
The Value of Discretion
Absorbents & Clothing Choice
Absorbents & Relationship Status
Absorbent Product Features
Attributes – Product Preference
Attributes – Product Differentiation
Attributes – Discretion
Attributes – Technical Features
Day vs Night Use
Reusable Product Preferences
Use of Alternatives
SHOPPING FOR ABSORBENTS
Discovery & Purchase
Where are Purchases Made
Factors in Purchase Location
Factors in Product Choice
Identifying Product Preference