I finally visited my Doctor today about my incontinence caused by complications with a hysterectomy. As I am quite young, he didn’t understand that I need a heavier product as my incontinence isn’t just “light and subtle”. I really think there is a lack of understanding when talking to professionals about incontinence. He didn’t seem to understand anything about the embarrassment that comes with it and just said to find a shaped pad. My incontinence is moderate…not super heavy but I definitely need more than a tiny, flimsy product. Anyone who can relate and recommend products would be a life saver as I want to hear it from another person and not just a product description. Laura
Tena Pants might work for you, they’re a pull-up underwear product with a variety of absorbency levels from light to heavy.
If you want extra security you could opt for a “slip” product (essentially, a tape-fastening adult disposable nappy) – Tena and Attends for example have decent ranges with different absorbency levels.
It may be worth trying to get a referral to a continence adviser who might be able to recommend a suitable product, though judging by people’s experiences there’s no guarantee they will prescribe you something that works for you!
Not a very helpful attitude, I agree. I`ve had the most helpful support from both NHS and private professionals when discussing my needs. Pads of various sizes are inclined to slip about inside one`s underwear and I`ve been using slips/nappies for many years now and highly recommend them for peace of mind and total discretion. They contour very well to one`s body and won`t let you down. Pick the right size from the I.D. Expert or Tena ranges. Most good suppliers will send out samples and their helplines are very good for advice and support. Good luck!
A pull up pant sounds like it would give me reassurance, I might try these out and if I need more absorbency then I’ll try a slip product. TENA pants seem to be very popular…I’ve seen they’re also available in different levels.
Yes, it was a GP I spoke to. I have arranged an appointment with an incontinence nurse which unfortunately isn’t until two weeks away. I’m hoping they’ll give me some good tips on managing this as it is really getting in the way of daily life.
Thanks for your help!