What Is Because?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: May 20, 2019

By selling direct to customers, The Because Market promises to offer high-quality incontinence protective underwear and pads at a fraction of the cost of competitors.

According to their website, all you have to do is complete a short online questionnaire, sign up for a free trial, keep trying their products until you find one that’s perfect for you, and then receive discreet packages at your doorstep every two weeks. You can change your subscription whenever you like, or cancel without further obligation.

Between their superior fit, premium products manufactured with quality materials, and low prices, The Because Market advertises thousands of customers love what the company has to offer.

But, are they necessarily the right option for you? Keep reading, and we'll help you find actionable answers.

How Does The Because Market Quiz, Trial, & Subscription Work?

Compared to the potential embarrassment of walking into a retail store and speaking with someone who will leave you with an ill-fitting product, The Because Market promises to help you discover the best products by simply taking their short online quiz. After all, they emphasize, "Around 50% of leaks happen because of incorrect fit.”

We quickly ran through Because’s quiz several times during our research, and it involved six steps regardless of how we answered:

  1. Are these products for a female or male?
  2. What level of absorbency do you need? Minor Drips (Low), Unsure (Medium), Heavier Streams (Maximum)
  3. Do you need protection during the daytime, nighttime, or both?
  4. Do you prefer underwear or guards?
  5. What size do you need? S/M (28-40-inch), L (40-50-inch), XL (50-60-inch). Note: Measurements are taken at the waist, not the hips.
  6. How many pieces do you need per month? You can choose between 20 and 140 per month (less than one per day up to four per day).

Based on your selections, The Because Market will send a discreet trial box to your door containing 10 units of one product and three samples of another.

You’ll have 21 days to test them out and see if they offer the perfect fit—if so, you’ll do nothing and the company will ship you a full order once your trial expires. If not, you can contact a representative who will work to help you find a product you love.

Whether before or after your trial begins, there’s no commitment and you can cancel at any time.

With these high-level details in mind, let’s zoom in and take a closer look at specific products you’ll get with your Because subscription.

Which Products Does The Because Market Offer?

Their website explains that The Because Market manufactures their own incontinence goods, so they’re able to cut out the middlemen to help consumers save money, while also working directly with customer feedback to continue improving their products.

Furthermore, they advertise that their underwear and guards for men and women use US-sourced materials and contain fewer chemicals than other brands.

Because Underwear for Women or Men

From a visual perspective, The Because Market’s underwear for women and men appear meaningfully different, although their website indicates that they deliver all of the same features. These include:

The company collaborated with Stanford Hospital's Department of Urology during the development of their underwear, which features a single-layer core that can absorb 1240 ml of liquid in just 19 seconds.

Then, it holds the liquid quickly and effectively, while the ultra-soft nonwoven cotton blend keeps the material in place without bulking up. In the meantime, the triple-stitch leg barrier further prevents leaks, while the odor-reducing system can help avoid embarrassment all day or all night.

The Because Market’s underwear is designed for maximum comfort, with hypoallergenic and latex-free construction, an elastic waistband for a natural fit, an over-the-leg design, and tear-open sides for easy removal. They currently offer Moderate, Maximum, and Overnight absorbencies.

Because Marketing Women Men UnderwearThe Because Market’s direct-to-consumer women’s (left) and men’s (right) underwear comes with many essential features, including an ultra-absorbent core and odor-reducing system—but at lower prices than retail.

Here are the ingredients listed on Because Market’s website:

  • Single-Layer Absorbent Core - Paper (for softness), Sodium polyacrylate (for ultra absorbency).
  • Invisible Technology Pant Section - Polypropylene (Non-Woven Fabric with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E), Polyethylene (for structure), Styrene, Butadiene, Styrene (Synthetic Handle), Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer (waistband).

Together, The Because Market tells us their women and men’s underwear is the most high-tech and driest on the market.

Slim Guard for Women and Men

The Because Market also advertises that they worked with Stanford Hospital’s Department of Urology to develop their women and men’s slim guards and that they're the most high-tech and softest on the market.

The pads come with the same high-performance, pH-neutralizing absorption core as their underwear, although it holds less liquid (500 ml) but absorbs it faster (13 seconds).

Additional features include a soft, quick-drying top sheet that helps keep you dry and comfortable, along with the same nonwoven textile, odor control, invisible profile, hypoallergenic and latex-free construction, and a locking adhesive as their underwear.

The Because Market offers their women’s and men’s protective guards in Light, Moderate, Maximum, and Overnight absorbencies. The website indicates they also “carry boosters that can be inserted into underwear to increase protection.”

Becuase Market GuardThe Because Market's women's (left) and men's (right) protective guards offer many of the same benefits that their underwear, just with a smaller "invisible" profile and an absorbent core.

How Much Does The Because Market Cost?

The Because Market’s prices start at:

  • Underwear for Women and Men: $0.67 per item
  • Slim Guard for Men: $0.18 per item
  • Slim Pad for Women: $0.21 per item

Customers will pay a flat $2.49 shipping fee for their trial box. You can also add Premium Flushable Wipes to your trial—which contains aloe and are alcohol and fragrance-free—and are priced at $3.49 per package after the trial expires.

Another add-on during checkout is the Moisturizing Aloe Vesta liquid skin cleanser, which is designed for convenient incontinence cleansing by deodorizing with a fresh lemon fragrance.

As mentioned earlier, you can contact The Because Market’s support department at (855)318-5318 or help@becausemarket.com if any of the items in your trial box didn’t fit properly, or that otherwise didn’t meet your needs. They include free shipping on any additional samples you request.

If everything works out Because Market will begin sending you full-sized shipments every two weeks, which also include free shipping.

Their website emphasizes that refunds are only issued on a case-by-case basis. If approved, they recommend donating the products “to nursing homes, women’s shelters, and other organizations in need.”

Are There Other Services Like The Because Market?

The reality is that whether you order from Amazon, Walmart, Target, or just about any other national retailer or pharmacy, it’s super easy to get name brand incontinence products delivered to your door regularly and at competitive prices. This is to say nothing of incontinence-specific retailers like HDIS.com, National Incontinence, and iDiaper.com, to name just a few.

There are even several direct-to-consumer manufacturers competing for many of the same customers as The Because Market, including LiveWell, MyLilyBird, TENA, and Willow. Here’s how their important details compare:

Company Per-Item Pricing Notes
The Because Market Underwear: $0.67, Slim Guard/Pad: $0.18-$0.21 Online quiz can help you choose products. Close customer support. Wipes and cleaning ointment available.
LiveWell Incontinence Delivery Guards/Pads: $0.39-$0.74, Underwear: $0.82-$0.94 Can purchase up to four products in bulk per order. Autoship program but no free trial.
MyLilyBird.com Underwear; $1.33-$1.50, Pads: $0.56-$0.76 Only available for women. Free one-week trial available.
TENA Incontinence Products Liners: $0.16-$0.62, Pads: $0.47-$0.71, Underwear: $0.47-$3.75, Pad/Pant Systems: $0.60-$1.17 Also offers wipes, creams, and underpads. Free trial (contains multiple products for you to try, followed by subscription, no length listed). Might also be able to find locally. Close customer support available.
Willow Disposable Underwear No prices listed Underwear only, available in three different colors. Free trial (pay $4.99 shipping, try 20 pairs), customizable subscription plan afterward. $4.99 S&H following each order after trial.

How to decide? As a product intended to serve a very personal need, it’s probably no surprise that the best option will be the one that offers the right combination of goods and services that matches your specific preferences and requirements.

For example, TENA offers the lowest per-unit prices on underwear, although The Because Market advertises the lowest prices for liners and pads. Because Market is also the only competitor above that offers an online quiz to get you started on the right foot, so you don’t have to speak to anyone to ensure an optimal fit.

Both Because Market and TENA provide customers with hands-on customer support aimed at helping everyone find the right products for them. They—along with LilyBird and Willow—also provide free trials, less shipping charges, although LilyBird’s is only one-week long, compared to Because Market’s 21 days. LilyBird also only sells women’s products.

Either way, since the fit is such an essential factor in your overall happiness, we think these trials are all but mandatory if you're currently shopping for incontinence products.

Appearance is also crucial, and Willow is the only direct-to-consumer manufacturer that offers their underwear in different colors. However, it’s disconcerting that they don’t list prices before you sign up for an account, or place an order.

Let’s wrap everything up.

Our Final View About The Because Market

We didn't subscribe to any of these services, but it seems like The Because Market offers many attractive features, including free trials (less a nominal shipping fee), direct-to-consumer pricing, high-quality materials and manufacturing, and competitive prices. They’re also the only company in our list that offers an online quiz to help customers feel even more comfortable.

With these positives in mind, multiple HighYa readers report difficulty canceling their Because Market (formerly Hexa Premium Briefs) trials and subscriptions, even after numerous attempts. Then, when they received products they didn’t want, they were told no refunds were available.

Along these same lines, although Because Market offers refunds on a case-by-case basis, they’re not guaranteed. As a result, keep in mind that you might be stuck with any products you order once your trial expires.

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