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    Default Feminine Hygiene Products? Possibly TMI?

    Hi there

    Due to a bit of a nasty birth, I have a pretty nasty incontinence problem. Trouble is, even after a shower, its only a couple of minutes and i am leaking again.

    I do use panty liners, etc. But if i do forget to use one, and get sweaty at work, i.... um.... kind of really get smelly.... I know i can smell it on myself but i dont know if others can- its not like i walk around and get people to smell my crotch. Sometimes when i do go to the toilet, i have a big wet patch and if i dont sit right, im sure people would see it. God im so embarrassed.

    I have heard that feminine hygiene products are dangerous, and you shouldnt use them but i just wanted opinions off people who have used something before? Just to maybe help.... i dont know what else to do, besides changing my undies and clothes 30 times a day.

    Can you help?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawberryTheMilkshake View Post
    Hi there

    Due to a bit of a nasty birth, I have a pretty nasty incontinence problem. Trouble is, even after a shower, its only a couple of minutes and i am leaking again.

    I do use panty liners, etc. But if i do forget to use one, and get sweaty at work, i.... um.... kind of really get smelly.... I know i can smell it on myself but i dont know if others can- its not like i walk around and get people to smell my crotch. Sometimes when i do go to the toilet, i have a big wet patch and if i dont sit right, im sure people would see it. God im so embarrassed.

    I have heard that feminine hygiene products are dangerous, and you shouldnt use them but i just wanted opinions off people who have used something before? Just to maybe help.... i dont know what else to do, besides changing my undies and clothes 30 times a day.

    Can you help?

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    STM
    you poor thing!

    I think some of them upset the natural Ph of the vagina-leaving you more susceptable to yeast infections and what not. The vagina is meant to be self cleaning.

    Having said that though i'm sure there would be nothing wrong with using some cleansing wipes or something-so long as you were just using it on the labia etc and not internally IYKWIM? Perhaps you could have a look and see if they make some wipes like the ones for babies but for intimate adult use.Something for sensitive skin/unfragranced perhaps?

    I'm pretty sure they make some special liners for incontinence that are a bit more absorbent & fragranced etc-to stop the wet patch problem.

    hugs to you

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    I use the Tena lady incontinence pads - they are especially for urine leakage and incontinence so more absorbent.

    You can ask the company for free samples etc. They aren't the only company that makes incontinence pads - they are located within the sanitary pad section as well.

    Also just in regard to incontinence you can see a physio about it and they can help you with advice and exercises etc. I went to one at the hospital following the birth of my bub and I had incontinence issues as well and the physio helped! Try your hospital first since they will have contacts in that specialised area.

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    have you thought about cloth pads?

    cloth pads are naturally antibacterial so no germs and things can grown in them through the day like plastic pads, and you get alot less smell

    not to mention you arent wasting your money on throw away ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by makingalolaorliam View Post
    Having said that though i'm sure there would be nothing wrong with using some cleansing wipes or something-so long as you were just using it on the labia etc and not internally IYKWIM? Perhaps you could have a look and see if they make some wipes like the ones for babies but for intimate adult use.Something for sensitive skin/unfragranced perhaps?
    After working in this isle at coles, yes they do make the wipes for ladies.. they are in an orange and pink pack, and are usually near the tampons...(generally)..Usually down the bottom shelf, would vary from store to store.

    I've never used them, but worth a try... I wouldnt use the powders though, I just have a major problem with powders being used down there.... There is also a wash available, which is in the same area....apparently to help with smell or prevent it...

    Good luck..

    Not much help just wanted to say that the above was available....to save you asking at the supermarket....
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    Thanks ladies. I really appreciate your replies.

    I will have a look at the supermarket and if they seem to help i will look into the more cost effective cloth pad idea.

    I also wanted to add- my pelvic floor muscles are actually damaged- as they were sewn back together after birth (i needed 5 hours of surgery). I almost ended up loosing everything because she damaged me internally so badly. But it means that now i have had 4 years of this terribly embarrasing problem.

    What exercises can physios do? Maybe i will look into this also. Do they specialise in things like this?

    Thanks so much ladies.

    STM

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraceUnhearing View Post
    have you thought about cloth pads?

    cloth pads are naturally antibacterial so no germs and things can grown in them through the day like plastic pads, and you get alto less smell

    not to mention you aren't wasting your money on throw away ones
    That's what I was going to suggest too!

    Big hugs for you sweetie

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    I've had incontinence issues for a while and I'm sorry to hear you're having these problems too.
    Stayfree have a range called Advanced Protection and I use the liners without a worry in the world. They're specifically designed for incontinence and have a drilock technology that prevents odour etc. (different technology to liners designed for period loss) - I highly recommend them!

    As for the pelvic floor issues - after my last birth I ended up with a prolapse cervix and a very lax front wall & pelvic floor. I decided that it was time to look after me and took myself to a physio specialising in women's issues and got a thorough check up including a internal (not like an OB internal!) and an ultrasound. I had a pelvic floor exercise program specifically designed for me which includes slow strong holds, quick strong holds & endurance holds and over 6 months I saw drastic improvement. My prolapse has corrected itself and although my pelvic floor will never be the same it's SO much better than it use to be and I don't have to worry so much - there's still a little way to go though, especially because I've slacked off with the exercises!

    Anyway, it's definately worth getting yourself a good physio - preferably one who specialises. You're definately worth the time, effort and cost to get this sorted out as I know how taxing an issue this is. PM me if you have any questions hun.
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    Definately not a stupid question! Incontinence problems usually refer to urine being leaked due to a weak pelvic floor - it can happen when you sneeze, cough, laugh, run, bend, pick up a heavy item or it can just happen if the bladder starts to get full.

    I read your thread the other day and I wish you all the best for your surgery! I can't even begin to imagine how much difference it's going to make in your life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawberryTheMilkshake View Post
    Thanks ladies. I really appreciate your replies.

    I will have a look at the supermarket and if they seem to help i will look into the more cost effective cloth pad idea.

    I also wanted to add- my pelvic floor muscles are actually damaged- as they were sewn back together after birth (i needed 5 hours of surgery). I almost ended up loosing everything because she damaged me internally so badly. But it means that now i have had 4 years of this terribly embarrasing problem.

    What exercises can physios do? Maybe i will look into this also. Do they specialise in things like this?

    Thanks so much ladies.

    STM

    Oh hun, you poor thing. yes a physio who specializes in this CAN help. A friend of mine used to run clinics. They use special weights (inserted into your vagina) to help you train your muscles to strengthen. It can really help, so please do something about it. You don't want to have to live with such discomfort. They can also teach you to do Kegels properly.

    All the best.


 

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