Butterflies, security blanket or pull up, whatever
you call them, pads are unpleasant. Not only are pads
unpleasant, they are quite expensive. Buying pads can be
complicated too, as multiple patients have shared with
me over the years.
Going to your regular store to buy pads may be out of
the question, fearing they will recognize you. You
definitely hope none of your friends will be in the
incontinence aisle, but if they are, you will have to
come back later and act like you were just passing
through. Do not pay for them at the cashier who knows
you, since you feel so embarrassed. “I used to say I was
buying pads for my mother, but I am in my seventies now,
so that excuse is not very believable anymore.”
Other options are obviously to order pads online,
since you will not have to face the cashier. And no
matter if you call them butterflies, nappies or pull-ups
they are still pads.
One of my patients was so relieved she did not need
pads anymore; she would go to the incontinence product
aisle and tell people there are effective treatments
available. She shared she used to wear pads, however no
longer needed them, after successful treatment. Another
patient, who happened to be a cashier, would give a
subtle suggestion to call my office to people buying
pads, since she no longer needed to buy them. “I
actually forgot how annoying pads are, till I no longer
needed them, what a relief” one of my patients said.
“Pads are one thing I am not going to miss”
Women are not
supposed to go from a menstrual pad
to an incontinence pad.
Women are not supposed to go from a menstrual pad to
an incontinence pad. Even though problems with urine and
or stool leakage are more common with advancing age,
that does not mean it can’t be treated or prevented.
Treatments for urine or stool loss can be very simple to
more complex; if you do not seek care, you will be stuck
with a pad or dirty or wet underwear or more.
Involuntary loss of stool is more embarrassing than
urine loss for a lot of people. Millions of people
suffer with bowel incontinence and good treatments are
available. Treatments vary from aggressively treating
constipation to prevent liquid stool leakage to muscle
training, to surgery and nerve stimulator implants. It
is not normal to have a bowel movement 2x a week, even
if you have had that your entire life, unless you only
eat 2x a week.
Involuntary loss of urine is also socially disabling
and it does not provide confidence. Treatments for urine
loss vary from timed voiding, to muscle training,
medications, injections, surgery, nerve stimulators.
Pads may promise you to be thin, barely noticeable
and dryer; nothing beats not having to wear them.
“Doctor I have a trip planned and do not want to
bring any pads, so please fix my urine and stool
issues”. “Sure, will do, but give me slightly more than
3 weeks, 3 months may be better”.
If you agree with me that pads are annoying and out
of style, no matter what curves they have or how thin
and absorbent they claim to be, please call
Central Florida UroGynecology 321-806-3929 for
evaluation or check us out at
Marja Sprock, M.D. F.A.C.O.G. is one of the
nation’s few female board certified urogynecologists and
will make sure she will help you to say good bye to
Florida UroGynecology where high tech and common sense