January 04, 2022 4 min read

The Difference Between Incontinence & Menstrual Pads and Liners

There are many different types of pads and liners, all designed for different needs. Some are made for incontinence whilst some are made for a woman’s menstrual flow. In both product categories, pads and liners also have different absorbencies which generally range from light to heavy. So how are you meant to know what to use for your particular need? We’re here to help identify what each product is and what it’s designed for.

Incontinence liners and pads VS menstrual liners and pads

In the Veeda range, there are two different types of incontinence products that should be used for bladder leaks and three different types of products that should be used for menstrual flow.  All our products are designed for a specific purpose which determines its absorbency level and performance; Menstrual products are designed to absorb blood and incontinence products are designed to absorb urine. Many people don’t realize that there is a difference between incontinence pads & liners and menstrual pads & liners.

Veeda incontinence products are made with a wicking fabric that quickly draws moisture away from the skin and neutralizes urine odor. These liners and pads have a special top sheet and distribution layers designed for the rapid flow of urine. Veeda incontinence pads and liners instantly absorb urine through super absorbent polymers contained in the product that are designed to absorb and lock in heavy volumes of urine quickly. Incontinence liners and pads can hold and absorb more fluid than menstrual products. 

The added Green Tea Leaf Extract in our Veeda Incontinence pads, liners and underwear helps calm irritation, soothe redness and swelling and helps eliminate bacteria and other pollutants on the skin’s surface.

Can I use period pads and liners for incontinence?

Using menstrual products for bladder leakage wouldn’t be as effective as they are designed for blood which is thicker than urine with slower discharge times and volumes, and therefore lower absorbency levels. They’ll leave your skin feeling damp and uncomfortable, and at a higher risk of irritation and infection. Menstrual products don’t protect your skin against urine and won’t neutralize the urine odor.

Can I use incontinence pads and liners for my period?

Although not recommended, it is possible to use an incontinence pad or liner in place of a period pad when menstruating. However, it is important to remember that incontinence and menstrual products work very differently. Period pads are specially designed to absorb menstrual flow which is slower and thicker than urine. These products absorb in line with your flow and safely work to be changed every four to eight hours. If using an incontinence product for your monthly cycle, you’ll find that blood doesn’t absorb into the incontinence pad as well as urine does, as it’s designed to absorb heavy amounts of thin liquid quickly.

* Please note that all our pads and liners are safe for everyday use but should be changed regularly to protect against skin irritants and odors.


Incontinence liners:

Our dermatologically tested incontinence liners are designed for light bladder leaks to offer premium support and a quality fit. Free from harmful chemicals and made with natural ingredients, Veeda liners are ultra-thin, reliable and leak proof!

  1. Petite-lite liners(for light days, spotting, discharge)
  2. Lite liners(for light days, spotting, discharge)
  3. Lite-long liners(for moderate flow)


Incontinence pads:

Veeda natural ultra-thin incontinence pads are safe for sensitive skin whilst offering day and night protection to support men and women with moderate bladder leaks. Containing only natural ingredients that are hypoallergenic and have been dermatologically tested, Veeda incontinence pads are sure to be the coverage you can count on. Designed to be discreet so you can live freely without fear of bladder leakages!

  1. Moderate pads(for moderate flow, postpartum)
  2. Maximum pads with wings (for heavy flow, nighttime, postpartum)


Incontinence underwear:

Veeda Incontinence & Postpartum Underwear provide maximum absorbency premium bladder leakage protection and comfortable, reliable protection to support a leak-proof lifestyle. Our disposable underwear features an absorbent BioCore blend with FSC certified pulp and a special dry Touch, moisture wick layer, leaving you feeling dry and comfortable all day long. Unlike other bulky and plastic-based disposable underwear, Veeda fits like real underwear and does not contain harmful chemicals making them safe for everyday use, plus they are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested which means they won't irritate your skin.

  1. Natural Incontinence & Postpartum Underwear for women (for full coverage, designed for women) 
  2. Natural Incontinence Underwear for men (for full coverage, designed for men)


Menstrual liners:

Veeda panty liners are fragrance free and made without any harmful chemicals, dyes or synthetics to ensure that only the purest ingredients touch the most sensitive part of your body. Made for light daily wear or towards the end of your period when your menstrual flow is very lite. Veeda liners have quick absorption whilst offering discreet and reliable can’t-tell-it’s there protection.

  1. Panty liners (light flow)


Menstrual pads:

With Veeda maxi pads, you never have to compromise comfort with protection when you can receive both all in the one pad. Made for the heavier days of your period where you need reliable,discreet and safe protection. Our ultra-thin pads are contoured to move with you, without bunching up or shifting thanks to the wide adhesive and feather-soft wings.


Veeda natural are here to help you with your menstrual and incontinence needs whilst offering products that are comfortable and reliable to suit your needs. Veeda products are dermatologically and gynecologically tested making them hypoallergenic and safe for daily use. Feel comfortable counting on Veeda to be your choice of safe and reliable protection when you need it most.


Additional Resources

Landman, H. (2017) Incontinence Pads VS Menstrual Pads.

National Association for Incontinence. (n.d.). Why you shouldn’t use a maxi pad for incontinence.