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Pants or Pads?

Posted 09 Mar 2021 at 17:34

Hi, I had surgery on 6 March 2021 and will be having the catheter removed on 15 March. One of the specialist nurses recommended that I use incontinence pants, initially at least, rather than pads. I don't like the idea of the pants but will obviously be happy to use what's best.

I'd also like to know what people think about the respective brands. Tena seems to be the main one but are others better? 

I'd welcome the thoughts of anyone who's been there, done it or still doing it 😃

Thanks, Dave

Posted 09 Mar 2021 at 20:41
Tena for Men pads are often the easiest to source and the supermarkets seem to do frequent offers on them. The ones issued by the NHS are often much more bulky, some of the own brands are quite rough against the skin. Some men on here have found the boots ones okay but my husband found them not as soft against the skin as the Tena.

Buy in a reasonable supply but don't bulk buy until you have an idea of whether you are going to need them for a long time.

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 10 Mar 2021 at 17:17

Hi LyneEyre, thanks very much for that. I've had a slight leak from the catheter during last night and today and found that the Tena pants held the tube in place well. Once the catheter is removed, I think I will prefer pads and have some Boots own in stock for a trial period. They were the ones with the highest absorbance that were available at the time. I'd been told that I would need to take a couple into hospital for after the op and had to move quickly. I will try the Tena pads too. 


Posted 11 Mar 2021 at 12:55

After a lifetime of Boxer Shorts I had to change to more brief style (M&S Autograph) to accommodate the pads. The specialist urology nurses issued me with a prescription for 2 types of Tena (basically for day or night). This perscription has continued if I need it via Essity and their Tena Home Delivery Service. I give any packs I don't need to the local care home who are grateful.

Posted 11 Mar 2021 at 17:56
I used a brand of pads from a UK company called ID incontinence. They were very effective and very cheap compared to other brands.
Posted 12 Mar 2021 at 11:52
Thanks very much Chris J and ProSixty, that's very helpful. Dave
Posted 28 Jun 2022 at 15:22

For info. for anyone searching for incontinence pants - I use 'Sureness Absorbent Pants' available from HomeBargains online ATM for £17.60 for 40 pairs. Have tried others inc. Tena and found these to be excellent and reasonable priced.

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