Everyone's situation is different.
I started out with 12 pads a day.....got up hourly during the night to change a pad.
12 quickly turned to 10, then to 6-8, then 5-6, then 3-5.....now 1 a day.
My incontinence recovery was hampered by an infected left testicle and a left groin hernia/hernia surgery, both of which were very painful and in the same general area as the muscles I was trying to retrain.
During most of this period, I have done several hundred kegel exercises a day, other than a month or so when my hernia pain was significant.
I recently found out about walking/ellyptical exercises as a means of helping, and am starting to do more of that.
I have been on 1 pad for almost 3 weeks.....not much flow, but even a little flow each day requires some sort of protection.
Be patient.....it is frustrating but it does generally get better with time.