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So after four weeks of using pads (and changing them 4/5 times a day) I have come to the conclusion that men and pads just don't go - and vice versa!
As we go through life we gain knowledge on various things but I never thought sanitary towels would be one of those things for me lol. Anyway hope this helps.
I had a Perianal abscess drained and a seton drain fitted for a fistula that was found during the process hence having the need to use pads everyday.
The first ones I used were Kotex night ones as they were the first ones I grabbed after my first dressing change at the GP's. These did the job but I found they were a bit too bulky for day use.
My partner then picked up some Always Ultra with wings for me and these were no good as I tend to wear trunks as opposed to Y-fronts so the wings did little to help. I looked at some Always ones without wings but thinking about the long term cost it put me off.
I then tried Teco/Sainsburys own branded Maxi towels. These were cost effective but I found that they kept moving. Also as they got a bit wet they would stick like a wedgy inbetween my cheeks and this actually put more pressure on my fistula as I walked and sat. To the point where they became extremely uncomfortable. Especially the chafing!
A few days back I picked up Asda brand which were labelled as 'for bladder weakness'. These are so much better. They are longer and wider without being too padded. A few days in and I actually feel so much more comfortable when sitting and walking.
There you go I just thought this may help some struggling guys like me. Seeing as I'm going to be wearing these for a few months until my next hospital visit I need to be as comforatble as possible.
Feel free to offer your own suggestions or comment (ladies too!)
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