I buy the extra long thin pantyliners for my husband. It is more a security thing than anything else. In case there is a staining of any kind it is on the pad and not his underwear. (If you need something for a heavier discharge then you would need a thin maxi pad then.) It makes a tremendous difference as there is no soiling or odor on his briefs anymore and as I said it gives him the peace of mind. Plus it provides a good barrier so if there is a stain or whatever you don't have to worry about
it going through your underwear onto the inside of your clothes and possibly giving off an odor.
At first suggesting it was kind of awkward but he saw the sense to it and now it is a normal routine.
When things were really bad with the frequency and urgency and he had to leave the house for an appointment or whatever we had the thinner depends type undergarment that he would wear under his briefs and it did NOT make him look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy...lol. But it definitely gave him the comfort factor and took away all the stress and anxiety the few times he needed that added peace of mind.
For the people dealing with this for quite awhile you do what you gotta do to cope with this. For the newer ones out there maybe feeling a bit awkward about
various preventative measures like this....it is far better to be prepared and not have to deal with the accidents that can really make a literal mess of things.
I have said before I was so proud of my husband when he asked and decided he needed something to help him so he could make the Dr appt that one day without the fear he wouldn't be able to make it to and from without a potential accident if he couldn't get to the bathroom within a moment's notice when he was flaring so badly.
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