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Disposable Incontinence Products Market - By Product (Protective Incontinence Garments, Urine Bag, Urinary Catheter), By Application, Incontinence Type, Disease, Material, Gender, Age, Distribution Channel, End-use & Forecast 2023-2032

  • Report ID: GMI739
  • Published Date: Apr 2023
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Disposable Incontinence Products Market Size

Disposable Incontinence Products Market size was valued at USD 12.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to register over 7.4% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. This substantial market growth is pertaining to key factors such as the increasing occurrence of obesity, diabetes, ageing population, facilitative clinical initiatives, and technological developments associated with disposable incontinence products.

Disposable Incontinence Products Market

The surged incidence of neurological conditions and incontinence is driving the demand for novel disposable incontinence products that is anticipated to compliment the business growth. This disease burden is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to factors such as aging population, urology, and endocrine disorders among others. Therefore, the above-mentioned factors are expected to increase the demand for disposable incontinence products in several healthcare settings.

Disposable incontinence products are widely used by patients of all age groups as they have a substantial impact on the quality of user's life. Devices that possess least amount of risk are classified as class I medical devices, devices that possess moderate risk are considered as class II, while class III medical devices are perceived to possess highest risk associated with them. The U.S.FDA categorizes the disposable incontinence products as a class II medical devices and are covered under gastroenterology urology devices. Majority of the medical devices that are classified as class II devices by the U.S. FDA require 510(k) clearance to legally commercialize the product.

Disposable Incontinence Products Market Analysis

Rising urological disorders are among the major health concerns in the adult population leading to incontinence across the globe. The incontinence is among the most prevalent condition that may range from a small leak to complete loss of bowel control in terms of severity. It is a medical condition and set of diseases that affects between 4% and 10% of the population. The burden of incontinence is expected to grow owing to increase in the aging population. Some of the major causes of incontinence includes urinary tract infections (UTI), vaginal infection, constipation, weak pelvic floor muscles, etc.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market By Product

Based on product, the disposable incontinence products market is segmented as protective incontinence garments, urinary catheters, and urine bag. The urinary catheter segment is expected to grow at 7.2% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The increasing prevalence of chronic urinary diseases associated with different urological disorders, increasing geriatric population and unhygienic health practices is set to spur the adoption of urinary catheters across the globe. Additionally, increasing patient influx with urinary retention due to bladder muscle dysfunction and obstruction is expected to augment the market statistics. Several benefits offered by the indwelling catheters include effective urinary retention, removal of obstruction in the urinary tract and treat urinary incontinence, among others.

Based on application, the disposable incontinence products market is segmented as urine incontinence, fecal incontinence, and dual incontinence. Fecal incontinence segment held a significant market share of 24.6% in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a notable pace through 2032. Fecal incontinence is a medical condition that occurs due to loss of bowel control and thereby results in an unexpected leak of stools from the rectum. Some of the major causes of fecal incontinence include constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, hemorrhoids, muscle, or nerve damage related to aging population. Patients with fecal incontinence have an unintentional loss of liquid or solid stool. To treat such medical conditions, incontinence disposable bags, etc. can be used. Thus, the aforementioned factors are set to increase the product acceptance rate among individuals worldwide.

Based on incontinence type, the disposable incontinence products market is categorized as stress, urge, mixed and others. Mixed incontinence segment is expected to grow at 7.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. This high market share owing to increasing prevalence of incontinence among adults. Mixed incontinence is typically a combination of stress and urge incontinence. Mixed urinary incontinence (MUI) is increasingly prevalent among women that imposes a significant impact on the quality of life. Additionally, according to NCBI data, over 30% of all incontinent women suffer from mixed incontinence across the globe. Therefore, the above-mentioned factors are expected to increase the business revenue during the projected timeframe.

Based on disease, the market is fragmented into feminine health, chronic disease, benign prostatic hyperplasia, bladder cancer, mental disorder, and others. Chronic disease segment held over 25% market share in 2022 and is expected to register a significant CAGR during the analysis timeframe. Increasing prevalence of bowel and bladder infections, kidney diseases, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes among others are expected to drive the market growth. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common chronic disorders leading to incontinence among adults and geriatric population across the globe. Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease tend to lose control over the bladder and bowel movement leading to involuntary leak of the urine. Furthermore, 1 in 10 people aged 65 and older are affected with this disorder in the U.S. and is expected to increase at a steady pace. This rising prevalence of chronic disorders is increasing the demand for disposable incontinence products in several countries across the globe.

Based on material, the disposable incontinence products market is segmented as plastic, cotton fabrics, super absorbents, latex, and others. Cotton fabrics segment is expected to reach over USD 6.78 billion by 2032. This high market growth is owing to several advantages offered by cotton fabrics in the manufacturing of disposable incontinence products. Cotton is soft and breathable which decreases the chance of irritation around the genital parts of the users and patients. It is widely utilized in a wide variety of nonwovens products including adult and baby diapers, various incontinence products, sanitizing and antiseptic wipes, and feminine hygiene pads among others. These materials are commonly used in disposable cloth incontinence pads. Cotton fabric pads are cost-effective, less expensive, reduces the amount of waste and have health benefits.

Based on gender, the market is bifurcated as male and female. Female segment is anticipated to flourish at 7.2% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This high market share is owing to increasing prevalence of urological disorders among women in the recent years and it is expected to drive the market growth globally. The incidence rate of diseases such as urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, etc. is observed more in females than males. Urinary tract infection is most common urology disorder leading to incontinence seen in women during menopause or after childbirth. Hence, high incidence and growing prevalence of urinary tract infection in the female population will lead to rapid adoption of disposable incontinence products, thereby fuelling the market growth.

Based on age, the disposable incontinence products market is segmented as below 20 years, 20 to 39 years, 40 to 59 years, 60 to 79 years, and 80+ years. 60 to 79 years segment is expected to reach over USD 7.3 billion by 2032. This incremental market share is owing to rising prevalence of chronic ailments among geriatric population. People aged between 60 to 79 years are prone to several urological disorders due to decreased level of immunity rendering a negative impact on the quality of life. Adults of this age group tend to have a greater risk for UTIs due to problems associated with emptying their bladder completely leading to bacterial infections in the urinary system. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate gland are common conditions among male population aged between 60 to 79 years. Urinary tract infection is common among older women as they produce lower amounts of oestrogen after menopause thereby increasing the risk of infection. Hence, the above-mentioned factors are set to increase the demand for disposable incontinence products among adults between 60 to 79 years of age.

Based on distribution channel, the disposable incontinence products market is categorized into retail stores and e-commerce. Retail stores segment held 68% market share in 2022 and is projected to record healthy growth over the forecast period. This majority revenue share is attributable to several advantages related to the distribution of disposable incontinence products through retail stores such as providing easy access to customers, extending the geographical reach of business, and reducing stockholding & distribution costs among others. The soaring demand for quality products in retail stores owing to rising awareness is also estimated to surge the segmental revenue in the forthcoming years. Some retail stores are conducting educational programs for health awareness and health screenings on various medical issues for women.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market, By End-Use

Based on end-use, the disposable incontinence products market is segmented as nursing facilities, hospitals, long-term care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, and others. The ambulatory surgical centers segment is expected to reach over USD 3.41 billion by 2032. Rapid growth in the number of healthcare professionals and increase in number of ambulatory surgical centers across the globe have triggered the adoption of disposable incontinence products. Moreover, increasing occurrence of minimally invasive surgeries associated with urological disorders will further contribute towards the adoption of these products in ambulatory surgical centers. Availability of diversified range of treatments incorporating advanced technology and proper hygienic conditions would drive the segmental progression. Hence, the above-mentioned factors are anticipated to support the industry growth throughout the forecast period.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market By Region

Europe disposable incontinence products market is expected to reach over USD 8.94 billion by 2032. The rising prevalence of urinary disorders and related co-morbidities along with the increased preference for minimally invasive procedures and treatment in the region is projected to fuel the market statistics. France held a substantial business share in the European market and is anticipated to witness healthy CAGR of 6.5% over the projected timeframe. The substantial revenue share is owing to numerous factors such as rise in awareness levels through different govt and non-govt organizations for proper treatment of incontinence, facilitative reimbursement scenario, rise in country's geriatric population and surge in prevalence rate of different urological disorders.

Disposable Incontinence Products Market Share

Few of the leading players operating in the disposable incontinence products market include:

  • Essity AB
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Coloplast Ltd.
  • Unicharm Corporation
  • Paul Hartmann AG
  • Ontex
  • First Quality Enterprises
  • Medline Industries Inc.

The market is fairly consolidated in nature, with major organizations, local small players, and start-ups joining the industry competition. The key industry players are involved in strategic developments including mergers and acquisition, collaboration, and product launches to further improve their market positioning.

Recent industry developments:

  • In April 2022, First Quality Enterprises announced the launch of MaxSorb + Zone a high-quality bladder control pad. This product provides enhanced rapid absorption and is commonly intended for patients suffering from incontinence. This strategic launch helped the company to enhance their product portfolio and provide novel growth.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The emergence of COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health concern that has affected the disposable incontinence products industry in 2020. To control the spread of the virus, various restrictions have been imposed across several countries globally. The COVID-19 outbreak has affected the overall healthcare industry. The standard operating protocols in the industry were changed, the adoption of prohibitive methods such as social distancing norms, impacted the daily operations of several healthcare services, including the demand for disposable incontinence products. Thus, as the number of cases affecting people with COVID-19 witness decline, the demand and adoption rate for disposable incontinence products were back to pre-COVID levels.

Disposable incontinence products market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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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
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Dual Incontinence

By Incontinence Type

  • Stress
  • Urge
  • Mixed
  • Others

By Disease

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

By Material

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

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
  • Others

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

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market size for disposable incontinence products was more than USD 12 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to witness over 7% CAGR from 2023-2032.

Stress incontinence segment is poised to surpass USD 12 billion by 2032 due to the rising prevalence of urinary incontinence.

Europe disposable incontinence products market is poised to exceed USD 8.5 billion by the end of 2032 driven by rising private and public initiatives and favorable healthcare policies.

Becton, Cardinal Health, Inc, Coloplast Ltd, Essity AB, MRK, Ontex, Paul Hartmann Ag, and Unicharm Corporation are some of the leading manufacturers of disposable incontinence products.

Disposable Incontinence Products Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 19
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