How to Measure Your Waist

How to Measure Your Waist

When standing:
To find your waist size, bend to one side, find the natural crease, straighten and place the tape measure at this point. The tape measure should fit snugly, but not tightly, around the natural waist area. This works best with no clothing.

When sitting or lying down:
Place the tape measure from the outside of the hip bone to outside of the opposite hip bone, multiply by 2, and add 2 inches. For example, someone who measures 18 inches from hip bone to hip bone would have a 38-inch waist: 18″ x 2 = 36″ + 2″ = 38″.

Take the “Best Fit™" Test
If you’re measuring as a caretaker, take a look at the product once it’s being worn and answer the following questions. Then decide whether this is the right size:

  • How does it fit in the legs?
  • How much overlap is there on each side?
  • Does it look like a pair of underwear?
  • Is it too loose?
  • Is it too tight?
  • Does it shift or bunch up?

Please note that bigger is not always better. When it comes to adult incontinence products, better fit means better containment and better comfort.

Try our BestFit to help you find the best incontinence solution for you.