Leaky bladders affect more than just the elderly. One 2011 survey of U.S. adults found that 14 percent of men and 51 percent of women deal with some kind of incontinence. (Many women experience incontinence during pregnancy, and it can persist even after childbirth.) As many as 6 million people suffer from some degree of it in the U.K.
As such, there are a fair number of people who occasionally pee themselves, but aren’t quite ready to throw in the towel on looking good semi-naked. Skip the adult diapers—there’s now sexy lingerie that will absorb your accidents.
Confitex is a new line of incontinence underwear for both men and women that debuted at New Zealand Fashion Week. The lacy bamboo undergarment uses high-tech wicking fabric—like the kind used in sportswear—to absorb leaks. The products come in both light and moderate absorbency (according to the company, the moderate absorbency lingerie can handle up to a cup of liquid).
They come in the variety of styles you would find in any underwear line, with briefs for men and low-rise and full-coverage styles for women, and they can be tossed in the wash like any other undergarment. As far as high-tech underwear goes, they’re priced fairly reasonably at $22 per pair ($34.90 in New Zealand dollars). Now you can wear lacy lingerie and still be comfortable when you pee yourself a little.