I like to keep bring this up....At my 3 month post surgery visit - my surgeon said he wanted me to be pad free by the next visit in 3 months.
He said it a way that made me think I had a choice in the matter. Two days later on Saturday I didn't use a pad and haven't worn one since.
Mind you, I was barely a 2 pad a day guy at 3 months..but I think the "Mind over Pad" worked for me. Maybe it can work for you too.