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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6298
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Pharmaceutical

The bladder liners market size is expected to reach US$ 2.1 Bn by 2030, from US$ 1.3 Bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. Bladder liners are products designed to manage urinary incontinence and light bladder leakage. They are thin absorbent pads that line the underwear to absorb small urine leaks, providing protection and comfort. Bladder liners are discreet, convenient to use, and help prevent embarrassing leaks and stains. The key advantages of using bladder liners include better hygiene, odor control, skin protection, and improved quality of life. The growth in the bladder liners market is driven by the rising incidence of urinary incontinence, the growing geriatric population, and the increasing adoption of personal hygiene products.

Bladder Liners Market Regional Insights:

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for bladder liners market during the forecast period, accounting for over 35% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the high incidence of urinary incontinence, growing aging population, and product innovations by leading companies.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for bladder liners market, accounting for over 25.3% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in is attributed to the rising awareness about urinary incontinence, an increase in healthcare expenditure, and the presence of key players in the region.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for bladder liners market, with a CAGR of over 16.5% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to the huge population base, increasing disposable incomes, and rising demand for adult incontinence products.

Figure 1. Global Bladder Liners Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Analyst view

The global bladder liners market is projected to experience stable growth over the next few years. The rising prevalence of urinary incontinence among the geriatric population will be a key driver. As per estimates, nearly 50% of people aged above 60 suffer from urinary incontinence globally. This age group is likely to steadily increase and will therefore fuel demand. Moreover, rising awareness about effective preventive measures and treatment options for incontinence is encouraging more people to opt for bladder liners.

North America currently dominates the global market and is expected to maintain its leading position. This can be attributed to the region's advanced healthcare infrastructure and higher spending on continence care products. Europe holds the second spot on account of rising government focus on improving geriatric care. However, Asia Pacific is likely to witness the fastest growth given the improving access to diagnostics and treatments in highly populous nations like China and India.

On the other hand, insufficient reimbursements on continence care products may hamper market expansion to an extent. Also, social stigma around incontinence issues poses a major challenge. Additionally, the availability of alternative options like catheterization could restrict adoption of bladder liners. Development of innovative hydrogel-based bladder liners offering superior absorption along with skin-protection could open new avenues over the coming years.

In conclusion, strategic partnerships between players and regional

Bladder Liners Market Drivers:

  • Increasing prevalence of urinary incontinence: The rising prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) is a major factor driving growth in the bladder liners market. UI is characterized by the involuntary leakage of urine and can range from mild to severe. According to surveys, UI affects around 25 million adults in the U.S. alone. This number is expected to increase with the aging population, and age is the top risk factor for UI. UI can severely impact quality of life and social relationships. Bladder liners provide a convenient solution to manage UI with their high absorbency and leak protection. Their discreet design offers dignity and confidence to UI sufferers. As more people experience UI, the demand for bladder liners is projected to rise.
  • Growing geriatric population: The growing geriatric population around the world presents significant opportunities for growth of the bladder liners market. Age-related changes in bladder function lead to a higher risk of urinary incontinence in seniors. Weakened pelvic muscles, prostate-related conditions in men, diminished estrogen in women, and conditions like dementia can contribute to UI. According to the World Health Organization projection, the global population aged 60 years or over will increase from 1 Bn in 2020 to 1.4 Bn by 2030. With advancing age, bladder control issues are likely to rise. Bladder liners can provide safe, convenient protection and improve quality of life. Their demand is expected to grow steadily among the expanding aging consumer base.
  • Product innovations and features: Continued product innovation and the introduction of value-added features in bladder liners are attracting consumer interest and driving market expansion. Manufacturers are focusing on better fit, high absorbency, odor control, and skin friendliness. For instance, thin maxi and mini liners provide more discretion while modal provides softness. The addition of aloe vera, vitamin E, and other ingredients aids skin health. Liners with wetness indicators, leakage guards, and adjustable pads accommodate more leakage. Reusable liners with antimicrobial properties and washable designs provide eco-friendly options. Such innovations are boosting adoption among consumers, contributing to market growth.
  • Online availability and e-commerce platforms: The emerging e-commerce industry and internet proliferation have enabled easy availability and doorstep delivery of bladder liners. Previously, when customers bought UI items from pharmacies and medical supply stores, they had to deal with accessibility problems and social humiliation. But with online shopping platforms, a variety of liners can be ordered from the privacy of homes. Home delivery ensures consistent use and repurchase. Online shopping also encourages trial of new products and brands. Major e-tailers like Amazon stock numerous large and niche liner brands. Social media marketing and targeted promotions also influence online sales. Overall, the e-commerce boom has made liners more accessible to consumers.

Bladder Liners Market Opportunities:

  • Large untapped consumer base and low awareness in developing regions: There is immense potential for growth in bladder liners uptake in developing regions like Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In these regions, awareness about bladder health and products like liners remains relatively low, especially in rural communities. The stigma around incontinence also prevents adoption. This leads to underserved demand and underpenetration. With rising internet access and education, marketing efforts can target these regions to educate consumers and highlight product benefits. Localization and cultural sensitization must adapt products and positioning. If consumer mindset shifts positively, a massive new consumer base could open up, fueling extensive market growth.
  • Innovation in materials and designs: Advances in material technology and manufacturing can uncover new possibilities in bladder liner design catering to unmet consumer needs. For instance, liners with higher fluid absorption capacities, thinner profiles for discretion, or new shapes and sizes to suit anatomy. Liners for activewear like sports and swimming with enhanced adhesion and leakage guards. Materials like plant-based fibers, graphene, and other composites that are sustainable, skin-friendly, and odor-neutralizing. Breathable back sheets, adjustable fasteners, or technology like smart sensors that indicate wetness could be incorporated. Such innovations can capture consumer interest, open new segments, and propel market expansion.
  • Product adoption among adjacent consumer segments: Beyond just UI sufferers, bladder liners hold appeal for a wide spectrum of users, like new mothers, sportspeople, outdoor workers, or older children. After pregnancy, weakened pelvic floor muscles can lead to light leakage while nursing. Athletes experience occasional leaks due to physical activity. Professions involving physical labor may lack toilet access. Older children unable to wake for nighttime bathroom trips can benefit. By understanding and targeting their unique needs, liners can drive adoption in these adjacent user segments, broadening the total addressable market.
  • Strategic collaborations and partnerships: Strategic collaborations between bladder liner manufacturers and stakeholders across the incontinence care ecosystem can improve product visibility and spur adoption. Partnerships with medical associations to educate physicians on liners’ role in holistic UI care can drive recommendations. Retail partnerships with pharmacies and online healthcare stores leverage their consumer access. Collaborations among manufacturers can enable technology sharing to enhance product functionality. And collaborating with adult diaper makers helps position liners for mildly incontinent users. Overall, such win-win partnerships can penetration expansion in untapped markets and consumer segments.

Bladder Liners Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 1.3 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 7.1% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 2.1 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel,  and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa 
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Disposable Bladder Liners, Reusable Bladder Liners, Others
  • By Disease Type: Urinary Incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Interstitial Cystitis, Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies, Online Stores, Others
  • By End User: Homecare, Hospitals, Specialty Clinics, Others
Companies covered:

Domtar Corporation, Medline Industries Inc., Cardinal Health, Attends Healthcare Products Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dynarex Corporation, Tanga.com, Sarasota Medical, SCA, First Quality Enterprises Inc., Prevail, Cypress Medical Products LLC, Shield Healthcare LLC, 3M, McKesson Corporation, Ontex.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing prevalence of urinary incontinence
  • Growing geriatric population
  • Product innovations and features
  • Online availability and e-commerce platforms
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Social stigma surrounding urinary incontinence
  • Lack of awareness about product availability and use
  • Perceived higher costs especially in developing markets

Bladder Liners Market Trends:

  • Growing demand for discreet, ultra-thin bladder liners: A prominent trend is the growing consumer preference for ultra-thin, discreet bladder liner profiles that are unnoticeable under clothes. Bulky pads are viewed as unfashionable and associated with old age and severe incontinence. New ultra-thin liners boast high absorbency and leakage protection despite their slim silhouette. For instance, brands like Poise and Kotex offer liners less than 1/16th inch thick. Light, mini, and maxi size variants suit underwear style. Such discreet designs alleviate embarrassment concerns over visible bulges. The trend caters to younger, active consumers concerned about discretion and enables continued usage with all outfits.
  • Shift towards reusable and eco-friendly materials: There is increasing demand for reusable and eco-friendly bladder liners made from sustainable materials as environmental awareness rises. Plant-based materials like cotton, bamboo fiber, and banana fiber allow repeated use after washing. Renewable resources reduce landfill waste compared to daily disposable liners. For instance, GladRags liners are made using organic cotton. Emerging brands like Sahno liner use bamboo viscose. Reusable designs also offer cost savings from repeated use. Consumers are willing to compromise on convenience for sustainability. Hence, reusable bladder liner solutions are gaining popularity.
  • Adoption of bladder liners for light incontinence management: Bladder liners are gaining traction as a first line of protection for light urinary incontinence before exploring absorbent adult diapers. Mild, occasional leakage does not warrant bulky diapers, which can be uncomfortable. Liners offer a simpler, more affordable product that contains small accidents. When leakage progresses, consumers can transition to adult diapers. Recommendations from urologists for early UI treatment also favor liners. By positioning as an entry level product, bladder liners can target a larger group of mildly incontinent consumers, fueling rising adoption.
  • Increasing use of bladder liners in hospitals and care facilities: There is a growing uptake of bladder liners in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities to manage incontinence and improve hygiene. UI is highly prevalent among hospitalized patients owing to conditions or medications. Liners safeguard beds and clothing, reducing workflow for nurses. Among homebound seniors and critical patients, liners limit skin contact with urine preventing rashes. For postoperative recovery requiring bed rest, liners provide protection and dignity when bathroom access is limited. Institutional purchases are therefore rising, driven by care requirements and workflow efficiency.

Bladder Liners Market Restraints:

  • Social stigma surrounding urinary incontinence: The social stigma and embarrassment associated with urinary incontinence are major restraints affecting consumer adoption of bladder liners. Incontinence is equated with lack of control and seen as a condition affecting only the elderly. Younger consumers hesitate to seek incontinence products. Even at pharmacies, people feel uncomfortable purchasing UI products. The stigma prevents them from acknowledging the problem and seeking solutions. Improved UI education and society’s views on the issue are needed to drive adoption. Normalizing conversations through public figures and advocates can help acceptance.
  • Lack of awareness about product availability and use: Significant portions of the population are unaware of bladder liners as a product category or concept. UI itself is considered a taboo topic rarely discussed. Those experiencing symptoms may resort to unsuitable makeshift solutions like toilet paper, not knowing dedicated products exist. There is also a lack of knowledge about appropriate liner usage- which absorbency for what degree of leakage, sizing, changing frequency, disposal, etc. Some view liners as unnecessary expense. Raising awareness through public health campaigns, urologist counseling, online content, and local language communication can address this barrier.
  • Perceived higher costs especially in developing markets: While bladder liners are a value-effective solution for light UI, the accumulated cost of regular purchases can seem expensive to consumers, especially in low- and middle-income regions. This affects adoption and consistent usage. Daily disposables may not be affordable in developing markets compared to reusable variations. Brand differentiation is also low. Consumer education on calculating total spend on inappropriate solutions like clothes, laundry, and bedding due to UI accidents versus liners can highlight value. Promotions and lower-cost options can also enhance affordability perceptions.

Figure 2. Global Bladder Liners Market Share (%), by Product Type, 2023


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Recent Developments:

New product launches:

  • In April 2023, Essity Hygiene and Health AB, a hygiene and health company, launched the new Silhouette Noir range underwear TENA for women who have incontinence. TENAs range of women’s incontinence underwear is secure against urine leaks and odor.
  • In April 2022, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., a personal care corporation, launched a new poise ultra-thin pads with wings. New pads provide fresh protection against bladder leaks.
  • In September 2020, Organyc, a manufacturer of personal care products, announced the launch of pads and liners to help women who experience bladder leakage. Organyc is dedicated to offering genuine advantages, clear product component descriptions, and environmentally friendly packaging and manufacturing methods to women worldwide as a global wellness brand.

Acquisition and partnerships:

  • In February 2021, Essity Aktiebolag (publ) acquired Asaleo Care, a manufacturer of personal care products, expanding its consumer health business in Australia and New Zealand, including bladder liners.
  • September 1, 2022, Essity Aktiebolag (publ) acquired the Canadian company Knix Wear Inc., a leading provider of leakproof apparel for periods and incontinence.
  • In September 2020, Kimberly-Clark announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Softex Indonesia, a leader in the fast-growing Indonesian personal care market, in an all-cash transaction for approximately US$ 2 Bn from a group of shareholders including CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific IV.

Top companies in Bladder Liners Market:

  • Domtar Corporation
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Cardinal Health
  • Attends Healthcare Group Ltd.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • com
  • Sarasota Medical
  • Tena
  • Tranquility Products
  • ConvaTec Inc.
  • Coloplast Corp
  • Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA
  • First Quality Enterprises, Inc.
  • Prevail
  • Cypress Medical Products LLC
  • Shield Healthcare, LLC
  • 3M
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Ontex

Definition: The bladder liners are the products designed to manage urinary incontinence or accidental urine leaks. Bladder liners are thin absorbent pads worn in the underwear to protect against leaks and stains. They are kept within underpants by adhesive strips. Urine that weighs eight ounces or more is captured by them and kept off your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Embarrassment over urinary incontinence, social stigma, lack of awareness about product availability and use in developing regions, perceived higher costs especially in developing markets are some key factors hampering the growth of the bladder liners market.

Rising prevalence of urinary incontinence, increasing geriatric population, growing awareness on hygiene products, advancements in liner technology, online availability and e-commerce platforms, are major factors driving bladder liners market growth.

The leading product type segment in the bladder liners market is “disposable bladder liners.”

Domtar Corporation, Medline Industries Inc., Cardinal Health, Attends Healthcare Products Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dynarex Corporation, Tanga.com, Sarasota Medical, SCA, First Quality Enterprises Inc., Prevail, Cypress Medical Products LLC, Shield Healthcare LLC, 3M, McKesson Corporation, Ontex are the major players in the bladder liners market.

North America is expected to lead the bladder liners market in terms of market share.

The CAGR of the bladder liners market is expected to be 7.1% from 2023 to 2030.

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