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Why Use Plastic Pants?

Updated June 13, 2017

In the 1950s, plastic pants, created mostly of PVC and polyurethane, became very popular because of their low costs (compared to rubber pants), ability to provide waterproof protection, and minimal amount of noise that would give away their being used. Many people, however, are unfamiliar with plastic pants and their uses for different personal situations. Here are some of the different uses of plastic pants for old and young alike.

For Babies and Young Children

Many parents prefer to use something that is more eco-friendly, not to mention budget-friendly, when diapering and toilet training their small ones. Plastic pants are a discrete alternative to disposable diapers and many parents find them to be less prone to leakage. They are especially beneficial for social activities or long trips away from a bathroom to prevent unwanted accidents or bathroom-related emergencies.

For The Chronically Ill

Due to the increase in effective medical procedures and technologies, many people are surviving serious injuries that would've been fatal in the past and living longer despite diseases that are disabling. Many of these conditions, however, include problems managing urination and bowel movements. Plastic pants, used in conjunction with some absorbent protection, are an economical and nearly foolproof method to control the messes that are often inevitable for those with disabling conditions.

For Older Adults

Along those same lines, people are living longer and healthier lives. However, there is one aspect of ageing that is hard to combat and that is incontinence. Even though getting older is inevitable, it is not necessary to lose your feeling of dignity or social freedoms due to worry of incontinence. Plastic pants are a great solution for many, ensuring the opportunity to continue in many of the activities they enjoy without the embarrassment that may be present.

For Menstruating Women

Another popular use for plastic pants exists among menstruating women. They provide a discreet way to prevent embarrassing situations in a social setting. Also, for many women the nighttime can be a dreaded situation because leakage and messes are virtually inevitable and tricky to clean up. Plastic pants can provide a comfortable form of protection to help ensure a good night's sleep.

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About the Author

Sarah Jackson has been writing freelance for almost four years, the majority of her work being featured on Adventure Journey, an online travel publication. She is currently in her final year of her M.S.W. degree at Temple University, with a B.S. degree from BYU.