The right incontinence protection can make a major difference in how active and social people stay as they get older. Among people age 65 and older, more than half of women and more than a quarter of men have some level of bladder incontinence, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That translates into a lot of demand for protection, and companies are creating new options for consumers all the time.
TENA is a global brand of incontinence products made by Swedish company SCA. The brand promotes sustainability through the use of recovered wood fibers and recycling programs at its plants, and TENA has partnered with US health groups to educate consumers about incontinence, how to manage it, and how to prevent or minimize it.
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TENA sells a full line of incontinence items, including pads and undergarments for women and men, bed pads, and wipes and cleansers.
For women, TENA offers 5 types of products: liners, pads, underwear, briefs, and a pad-and-pants system. There are 7 TENA liner styles, ranging from light to heavy absorbency. TENA Serenity Active liners are intended for workouts and busy lifestyles, while Serenity Stylish versions are meant to remain invisible under fitted clothes. Eight varieties of TENA pads offer moderate to heavy protection for day and overnight.
TENA protective underwear are available in extra, plus, and super-plus absorbency. Sizes range from 25-inch to 66-inch hip measurements. TENA briefs offer heavy-plus absorbency and adjustable side tabs for easy fitting and removal. Finally, the TENA pad-and-pants system combines disposable pads with fitted, reusable underwear for designed for comfort.
Men’s options include guards, underwear, briefs, and a pad-and-pants system. TENA offers adhesive-backed protective guards, designed to be worn with regular briefs, in 3 absorbency levels. Men’s underwear feature tear-away sides for quick removal and are available in extra, plus, and super-plus absorbency, with sizes to accommodate waist measurements from 25 to 66 inches. Side-tabbed brief styles include classic and stretch, along with bariatric briefs made to comfortably fit waist measurements of 64 to 95 inches.
All TENA products are designed to wick moisture away from the skin and reduce odors.
TENA offers a huge range of products, which makes it easier for shoppers to find something that meets their particular needs. The brand offers free samples as well as coupons, and is readily available through major online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart as well as in national and regional drugstore and grocery chains such as Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, Safeway, HEB, and Shop Rite.
TENA products have earned the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, which means they meet Good Housekeeping’s environmental standards, as well as the traditional Good Housekeeping Seal for reliability. TENA products are eligible for purchase with Flexible Spending Account funds.
The benefit of offering so many products can also be a problem, at least for busy or distracted shoppers. The Serenity women’s line, for example, includes regular Active liners, long Active liners, Stylish ultra-thin pads with wings, and Active ultra-thin pads in regular and long sizes—all with very similar packaging. Shoppers should read the package or web text closely to make sure they’re buying the right items.
Return and refund policies for TENA products may vary by retailer.
Comparable in price to other mass-market brands such as Poise and Depend. At Amazon, at 18-count package of TENA women’s super-plus underwear in small size costs $18.16 ($1.01 per unit) and a case of 64 pairs of TENA men’s super-plus underwear in medium/large costs $51.45 (80 cents per unit), as of this writing. Printable coupons for $1 off in-store purchases are available at TENA’s website.
Seniors and caregivers who want a wide range of choices; shoppers who want an eco-friendly disposable option.