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Disposable Incontinence Products Market Size By Product (Protective Incontinence Garments {Disposable Adult Diaper, Disposable Protective Underwear, Cloth Adult Diaper, Disposable Pads and Liners [Male Guards, Bladder Control Pads, Incontinence Liners (Belted and Beltless Under Garments, Disposable Under Pads)]}, Urine Bag {Leg Urine Bag, Bedside Urine Bag}, Urinary Catheter {Indwelling (Foley) Catheter, Intermittent Catheter, External Catheter}) By Application (Urine Incontinence, Faecal Incontinence, Dual Incontinence) By Incontinence Type (Stress, Urge, Mixed) By Disease (Feminine Health {Pregnancy and Child Birth, Menopause, Hysterectomy}, Chronic Disease, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Mental Disorders) By Material (Plastic, Cotton fabrics, Super Absorbents, Latex) By Gender (Male, Female) By Age (Below 20 years, 20 to 39 years, 40 to 59 years, 60 to 79 years, 80+ years) By Distribution Channel (Retail Stores, E-commerce) By End-use (Hospital, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Nursing Facilities, Long Term Care Centers) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI739
  • Published Date: Feb 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Disposable Incontinence Products Market exceeded USD 10.5 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow at over 7.5% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as bladder cancer, kidney diseases, urological and endocrine disorders is driving the demand for disposable incontinence products. Growing awareness pertaining to incontinence care products is augmenting the number of people utilizing disposable incontinence care products. Rising geriatric population and high prevalence of incontinence are some of the major factors contributing to the market growth. Furthermore, recent technological advancements and new product development are spurring the market expansion.

Disposable Incontinence Products Market

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Disposable absorbent products are extensively used in inpatient care settings and some of the product standards assist in their optimal use. All class I (external catheters and external urethral occlusion devices) and class II (indwelling catheters, and intermittent catheters) products and devices are exempt from FDA approval. Class III devices require Premarket Approval and require clinical studies that demonstrate a reasonable assurance of effectiveness and safety.  Additionally, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also established Long-Term Care Surveyor Guidelines for Catheter and Incontinence.

The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic at a global level is an unprecedented health concern and has had slight positive impact on the disposable incontinence products market. As per the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), impact of SARS-CoV-2 is associated with increase in urinary frequency resulting in growing incidence rate of incontinence. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, most women with urinary incontinence are diagnosed based on symptoms reported in a virtual consultation and managed effectively. This has also contributed to the rising demand for incontinence products. In addition, increasing number of hospitalizations during COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to the augmented demand for disposable incontinence products.

Recent technological advancements and new product developments across the globe will majorly drive the disposable incontinence products market demand. Researches being done on technology for incontinence has led corporate, academic and clinical investigators to engage in development of new products. For instance, as per a recently published report, Essity introduced New ConfioAir Breathable Technology that will be integrated into the company’s incontinence products. Similarly, Coloplast is engaged in developing next generation coating technology and aimed at launching superior intermittent catheters product line known as SpeediCath BBT. The technological advancements in the design of certain products and devices for urinary incontinence (UI) have been significant including the development of a category of devices called urethral occlusion devices. Moreover, in the area of faecal incontinence (FI), there are few technological advances and associated research studies emphasizing surgical techniques. Also, wearable diaper free device (DFree) have been introduced in order to avoid the problems associated with adult diapers including skin problems. These developments are potentially influencing the demand for disposable incontinence products.

Growing preference for protective incontinence garments will spur the market revenue

Protective incontinence garments segment in the disposable incontinence products market accounted for more than USD 8.72 billion in 2020 led by the comfort due to ease of wear and removal along with product cost-effectiveness. Protective incontinence garments also have high absorbance and are available in different varieties such as biodegradable, and super-absorbent protective incontinence garments. Therefore, protective incontinence garments are in huge demand by users that are fully mobile and independent.

Increasing demand for incontinence products for fecal incontinence will enhance the disposable incontinence products market value

Fecal incontinence segment is anticipated to witness 7.7% growth rate till 2027 impelled by prevalence of disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease that causes loss of control over the anal sphincter muscle. Growing number of patients suffering from diarrhea, bowel disorders, constipation, hemorrhoids and nerve damage resulting in fecal incontinence also contribute to rising demand for disposable incontinence products.

Rise in prevalence of incontinence due to stress will boost the industry growth

Disposable incontinence products market for stress incontinence segment was valued at more than USD 5.08 billion in 2020 propelled by increased adoption of physical activities such as heavy weightlifting and exercising. Stress incontinence is mostly seen in women after childbirth owing to weak pelvic floor and rarely in male population. In addition, the incidences of stress urinary incontinence are higher in poor nutritional status group as poor nutritional status results in weakness of pelvic supports. Therefore, the demand for disposable incontinence products is significantly high.

Increase in number of bladder cancer cases will foster the market expansion

Bladder cancer segment in the disposable incontinence products market is predicted to expand at an 8.3% CAGR through 2027 on account of the growing number of people suffering from bladder cancer. According to a recently published article, in 2020, an estimated 81,400 adults in the U.S. were diagnosed with bladder cancer. Moreover, bladder cancer mostly affects elderly people. These factors are significantly fuelling the demand for disposable incontinence products across the globe.

Preference for super-absorbent material will drive the disposable incontinence products market demand

Super-absorbents segment crossed USD 2.71 billion in 2020 led by the capability of absorbing 300 times their weight in aqueous fluids. Super-absorbent material keeps the skin dry and prevents skin infection and irritation. Thus, there is a rising demand for super-absorbent disposable incontinence products and several industry players are engaged in manufacturing super-absorbent disposable incontinence products to meet the demand.

Prevalence of incontinence in male population will fuel the market revenue

The disposable incontinence products market for male segment is projected to attain a CAGR of 7.9% from 2021 to 2027 impelled by the rising awareness regarding incontinence and hygiene among the male population. Emergence of specially designed products such as male external catheters, guards and diapers has led to an increase in acceptance of these products by men. These factors are leading to a significant increase in demand and supply of male disposable incontinence products.

Growing acceptance of incontinence products by patients in 40 to 59 years of age segment will enhance the industry expansion

40 to 59 years of age segment in the disposable incontinence products market crossed USD 4.26 billion in 2020 driven by the growing number of pregnant females. The demand for incontinence products is also increasing on account of women above 40 years of age that commonly suffer from urinary incontinence due to menopause.

Rising adoption of e-commerce will spur the disposable incontinence products market share

E-commerce segment will observe a substantial growth rate of 10.4% till 2027. A major proportion of population across the globe prefers e-commerce services owing to enhanced accessibility to internet services. Furthermore, e-commerce platform growth is credited to the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic as people prefer staying indoors and the variety of products available on e-commerce platform.

Large number of hospitalizations will impel the industry demand

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market By End-Use

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The disposable incontinence products market for hospitals end-use segment accounted for USD 3.55 billion in 2020 propelled by the increasing number of surgeries and rise in number of hospitals across the globe. Favorable reimbursement policies pertaining to surgical procedures in hospitals is increasing the number of hospital admissions, thereby augmenting the demand for disposable incontinence products in hospitals.

Increasing healthcare expenditure in North America will boost the regional growth

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market By Region

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U.S. disposable incontinence products market is anticipated to expand at a 7% CAGR through 2027 on account of the rising usage of disposable incontinence products and increasing prevalence of urinary incontinence. As per a recent article by the FDA, the prevalence ranges from 5% to 50% of the adult U.S. population. The prevalence of urinary incontinence also increases with advancing age and the impact of this condition is likely to increase over the next several decades as the growing U.S. population ages. Favorable government policies, improving healthcare infrastructure and increasing awareness regarding incontinence are some of the major factors contributing to the growing demand.

Germany dominated the Europe disposable incontinence products market in 2020 and was valued at over USD 454 million in 2020 owing to the growing number of customer education programs, growing aging population and favorable health reimbursement for home care services. According to a recently published report, in Germany, around 28 million elderly people over the age of 60 will continue to grow beyond 2030. Also, approximately 38% of the population is expected to be aged over 60 years by 2050. Therefore, rising geriatric population in the country is poised to fuel the prevalence of chronic disorders.

Several strategic initiatives implemented by major market players will propel the market growth

Some of the major companies operating in the disposable incontinence products market are Abena, Attends Healthcare Products, Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Cardinal Health, Coloplast, Domtar Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, Essity and Unicharm Corporation among others. The major participants focus on strategic mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in order to launch new products to expand their geographical presence and product portfolio. Additionally, these industry leaders are engaged in making investments that enable these players to garner maximum revenue share.

Recent industry developments:

  • In September 2019, Unicharm Corporation announced acquisition of DSG International, a manufacturer of diapers and other absorbent products in Asia Pacific. The strategic move assisted the company in strengthening their industrial position.
  • In May 2019, Kimberly Clark announced launch of Poise ultra-thin active brand for bladder leakage incontinence in women. This launch enabled the company to strengthen its women incontinence product portfolio and expand its existing customer base.

Disposable incontinence products market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

Market, By Product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Protective Incontinence Garments
    • Disposable Adult Diaper
    • Disposable Protective Underwear
    • Cloth Adult Diaper
    • Disposable Pads and Liners
      • Male Guards
      • Bladder Control Pads
      • Incontinence Liners
        • Belted and Beltless Under Garments
        • Disposable Under Pads
  • Urine Bag
    • Leg Urine Bag
    • Bedside Urine Bag
  • Urinary Catheter
    • Indwelling (Foley) Catheter
    • Intermittent Catheter
    • External Catheter

Market, By Application, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Urine Incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Dual Incontinence

Market, By Incontinence Type, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Stress
  • Urge
  • Mixed
  • Others

Market, By Disease, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Feminine Health
    • Pregnancy and Childbirth
    • Menopause
    • Hysterectomy
    • Others
  • Chronic Disease
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Mental Disorders
  • Others

Market, By Material, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Plastic
  • Cotton fabrics
  • Super Absorbents
  • Latex
  • Others

Market, By Gender, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Male
  • Female

Market, By Age, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Below 20 years
  • 20 to 39 years
  • 40 to 59 years
  • 60 to 79 years
  • 80+ years

Market, By Distribution Channel, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Retail Stores
  • E-commerce

Market, By End-use, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Hospital
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Long term care centers
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Denmark
    • Netherlands
    • Ireland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Poland
    • Austria
    • Greece
    • Norway
    • Czech Republic
    • Hungary
    • Finland
    • Slovenia
    • Lithuania
    • Russia
    • Slovakia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • New Zealand
    • Indonesia
    • Vietnam
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Columbia
    • Chile
    • Venezuela
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt
    • Qatar
Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global industry for disposable incontinence products attained an annual revenue of over USD 10.5 billion in 2020 is poised to grow at a 7.5% CAGR through 2027 due to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.

The disposable incontinence products industry size from the protective incontinence garments segment was valued at USD 8.72 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to rise owing to their ease of wear and removal.

The disposable incontinence products industry size from hospitals reached USD 3.55 billion in 2020 and will expand with the rise in the number of surgeries and hospitals across the globe.

U.S. disposable incontinence products industry share could observe a CAGR of over 7% up to 2027 owing to their increasing demand and rising instances of urinary incontinence across the region.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 19
  • Tables & Figures: 1697
  • Countries covered: 46
  • Pages: 819

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