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Now I know what a Incontinence pad feels like LOL


Has 7 years experience.

I work in LTC so of course I go to work not armed with any sanitary pads and the women I work with are well past this annoying monthly issue. And of course today was the day I cleaned my car. 12:00 am and oh no seriously. So I check the supply closet and there they are the incontinence pads we give our residents. I will say I am very glad I was not resorted to a brief. Note to self make sure all needs are in car when coming to work. It's going to be a night LOL. Thank God scrubs are loose and I am tiny LOL. 

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

I don't miss these days! I usually had a stash in my car. Necessity is a mother, right?

peach2218, CNA

Specializes in CNA, Nursing Student.

I have a period that sneaks up on me-- 2 years postpartum with the Nexplanon implant, it's NEVER regular. It's also super heavy. I have worn pull-up briefs more times than I care to discuss. On the bright side, once I made my favorite 96 year old resident laugh until she peed (which didn't take long). 

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I used to have periods when I went through a super-plus tampon, a thick pad, AND a Depends within half an hour sometimes. They were so heavy that I once bled for three weeks and became so anemic that I needed a transfusion. I’d passed out at work too. Then I had this little procedure called an endometrial ablation, which took care of things nicely. I still had menses, but they were lighter and much less frequent until I reached menopause only a couple of years after my D&C and ablation. Also it pretty much wiped out my ability to get pregnant, which is important when you’re well into your 40s and are ready to be done with child-rearing!


Specializes in LTC.

Gratefully - I KNOW you meant this post in gentle fun and I did smile when I remembered my 'back in the day' days when I could get caught off guard. It was infreq because I was VERY regular.

But I use incontinence pads & pullups now as I've developed 'gotta go, gotta go' problems. It takes time & money to get the best combination for one's needs. When your lifestyle has to consider leaking WHENEVER, it's not pleasant.

Viva - I too, had a D&C for hypermennorrhagia (I used to teach entry level med terminology to non-nsg students). If only I had known about the D&C earlier, I'd avoided so much grief!


Specializes in LTC. Has 24 years experience.

Do you remember the days when girls wore the menses belt? Yep, the necessary item that was supposed to keep the needed item in place, but rarely did. I was in High School when that belt decided to go cockeyed. Off came the pad and fell under my desk chair. I quickly kicked it to the back of the classroom before anyone saw what I did. Sometimes janitors have to clean up terribly embarrassing things.

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 51 years experience.

Oh god, those awful belts. Once I found myself in a public place and discovered the rear tab had come undone, the belt thus pulling the whole pad up in front of my pubis. Looked like a hard-on.

I was never so happy as when I got my period one day and had no pads and my mother wasn't home to take me to the store. I grabbed one of her Tampax and never went back (though I found better brands later).