Liners, pads, and guards are for light to moderate incontinence and are to be worn inside normal underwear. It is important to choose the perfect pad for your body in order to protect your skin, clothing, and furniture. Shape: The shape of your pad is an important component in overall comfort and absorbability. Most pads designed specifically for women are long and thin to provide a high level of discretion and freedom. Male guards, however, are body-shaped and contain an outer fabric to use for urge and stress control. Absorbency: Knowing the amount of absorption you need, is key in deciding if you should get a pad or liner. Incontinence pads have a higher amount of polymer and will have a higher absorbency capacity while liners are much thinner and are used for light urinary leakage.