If I had it to do over I would buy an 18-pair pack of Depends* Real Fit briefs (or comparable competitor brand) and a 52-count pack of Guards high absorbancy pads (again, Guards or competitor) and I would take with me to the doctor 1 pair of the briefs and three pads. When the hateful rubber thing is gone (usually a non-event, by the way, don't worry about
it) you should put on the briefs and stick a pad inside of them. Replace the pads as needed (generally somewhere between damp and soggy) and use the briefs as secondary flood insurance. Use some caution peeling the pads loose from the paper lining of the briefs to avoid tearing it. The three pads should be enough to get you home even if it's a bit of a drive.
Every man's different but something of an average right after the catheter come out is probably three damp but not quite soggy Guards pads a day. Ideally the briefs will stay mostly dry and can be changed daily like your regular jockey shorts.
a week and every few weeks thereafter you can take stock and make adjustments. Here are some options that are available:
For Heavy Leaking:
Guards pads worn inside of Depends pull-ups. The pads handle most of the problem and the Depends are mostly insurance. Guards will fit in your back pocket. Change them often.
Guards pads worn inside of Depends Real Fit Briefs. This is mostly the same thing. The incontinence briefs that look like real underwear are a bit more expensive and slightly less absorbent but are more comfortable and much less embarrassing in the locker room at the gym.
For Moderate Leaking:
Depends pull ups. These will usally get a moderately leaky guy through a work shift without having to change anything out. The pull up pants hold a lot making this a fairly safe option but not always the nicest one.
Guards pads worn inside regular briefs. These will fit in your back pocket to be changed frequently. Stash them everywhere -- pencil drawer at work, your briefcase or backpack, you glove compartment, your golf bag. If you stay on top of things this is the nicest option but watch out for wet spots on your seat if you go too long without checking.
For Occasional Leaks:
Guards work great. Stash one in your tighty-whiteys in the morning and you are good for the day. There are lighter weight pads you can buy but, hey, by the time you get to be our age the extra padding helps your tux fit better. Wear it proudly.
Two guys out of three will get here within the first year. Be happy.
*Most common brand used for reference.
65 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
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