Many people suffer from urinary leakage and frequent urination as they age. In particular, women who have given birth need to be careful because their pelvic floor muscles are prone to loosening. This time, we asked Dr. Nobuo Tsuru, a urologist, about how to use urinary incontinence pads and rashes in sensitive areas.
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- Q In the case of urine leakage, can I use sanitary napkins or pantyhose sheets instead of special pads?
- Q Which do you recommend, urinary leakage shorts or urinary leakage pads? Can I use a larger incontinence pad or stack them?
- Q Are there any measures to prevent itching and rashes in the delicate zone?
- Q What kind of hospital should I go to if itching in the sensitive zone is painful?
- Q If I feel an itch in my sensitive zone, can I use over-the-counter medicine?
Q In the case of urine leakage, can I use sanitary napkins or pantyhose sheets instead of special pads?
A Sanitary napkins cannot be used as a substitute.
I have heard that people are using sanitary napkins or sheets instead of urinary incontinence pads because they don’t know what to choose, but I don’t recommend it.
In the first place, menstrual blood and urine have different viscosities and components. The polymers and deodorizing ingredients used in sanitary napkins and incontinence pads are different, and the best one is used for each, so it is important to use the one that suits the purpose.
Q Which do you recommend, urinary leakage shorts or urinary leakage pads? Can I use a larger incontinence pad or stack them?
A Use a urinary incontinence pad with an appropriate size and absorbency that matches your symptoms.
In order to prevent rashes in sensitive areas, please make sure to use incontinence pads and moisture pads that have the appropriate size and absorbency for your symptoms.
Also, in order to prevent rashes, it is important to choose a material that has good breathability and is less irritating, and to frequently replace the pad if it leaks urine.
In the case of urinary leakage shorts, it is a little difficult to change, so it may be easier to replace urinary leakage pads.
Also, from the point of view of reducing stuffiness, it is recommended to use a pad with an appropriate capacity and replace it frequently rather than using multiple incontinence pads or using a large capacity for a long time.
If you don’t know what product to choose, you should check the homepage of each product. Each company has a detailed selection guide, so please refer to it.
Q Are there any measures to prevent itching and rashes in the delicate zone?
A If you have urine leakage, remember to change the pads frequently.
This overlaps with the previous answer, but incontinence pads have good breathability, and you should choose the appropriate size and absorption amount for your symptoms, and use them correctly.
If left unattended after urine leakage, it may irritate the skin and cause a rash, so replace the urine leakage pad as frequently as possible.
Also, if you are concerned about the discomfort around the vagina after leaking urine, you may want to use the bidet function of a toilet with a shower or wet wipes for the delicate zone.
However, if you get too nervous and wash too much, you run the risk of removing even the good indigenous bacteria in your vagina.
Please try to use it moderately, such as using it only when you are concerned about it instead of using it every time.
Q What kind of hospital should I go to if itching in the sensitive zone is painful?
A Gynecology or female urology is recommended
Gynecology, urology, dermatology, etc. are possible hospital candidates, but from the viewpoint of examination facilities, gynecology or female urology is recommended.
Q If I feel an itch in my sensitive zone, can I use over-the-counter medicine?
A If you cannot go to the hospital, consult with a pharmacist before use.
If you cannot afford to go to the hospital, you can use over-the-counter drugs after consulting with the pharmacist at the pharmacy.
However, even if you think you have a rash from urine leakage, it may actually be vaginitis or a sexually transmitted disease, so if the itching in your sensitive zone persists, see a doctor.
Also, over-the-counter medicines are milder than prescription medicines, so we recommend going to the hospital even if you want to heal quickly.
How was it? Alleviate problems such as urinary incontinence and itchiness in sensitive areas, and enjoy a comfortable and active life every day.
■Who taught you?
Nobuo Tsuru, Director of Tsuru Urology Clinic At
a general hospital in Shizuoka Prefecture, he has worked on dysuria, urological cancer treatment, kidney transplantation, etc., and has performed more than 600 laparoscopic surgeries and 400 prostate laser surgeries. and the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Established Tsuru Urology Clinic in Minami Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 2017. He performs one-day laser surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia.