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Pads for overactive bladder

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
I know this is benefits forum, I am just wondering I need pads for overactive bladder. Would my consultant be able to provide these on NHS. With range of medical conditions I suffer from, I am on ESA and wouldn't be able to afford these. Leaking occurs and visiting toilet lot of times.

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  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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  • CyclamenCyclamen Forumite
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    Have you had a referral to the continence clinic/nurses?

    I had to get some help from them following surgery last year and was very embarrassed, teary and scared by it all.... however the lady who visited me was amazing. Had lots of advice, reasurance etc..

    In this area they only offer quite bulky pads which aren't suitable for me but she suggested supermarket own brand rather than the named ones as being more affordable and just as good.
    In other counties there is more of a choice.

    You can also depending on volumes by washable pants.. often advertised as 'period pants' or in the backs of catalogues targetted at older demographic but they can be more comfy and still do the job.

    I am thankfully healed after the surgery but it was a very difficult run.. so be brave and contact your continence clinic or ask gp to refer you
  • sazaccountsazaccount Forumite
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    I'm sorry if this is personal but depending on how much "leakage" you have, I use re-usable sanitary pads from amazon, they were a couple of pounds each and have been used for a couple of years for a weak bladder. They are bamboo with a clip which goes round the underneath of your pants, no smell and I just chuck in the washing machine and tumble drier with everything else. If I had periods then they are to be soaked etc after use but just for slight incontinence I just see them as extra pant layers.

    They have saved me on washing trousers as often as before
    Thanks to money saving tips and debt repayments/becoming debt free I have been able to work and travel for the last 4 years visiting 12 countries and working within 3 of them. Currently living and working in Canada :beer: :dance:
  • nicetomeetyounicetomeetyou Forumite
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    You would need to be referred to the continence clinic. I think they only give pads as the last result.

    I got pads from the continence nurse but they aren't particularly good so I purchase my own.
  • tazwhoevertazwhoever Forumite
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    I've been on tablets for number of years by consultant. Recently I had some tests done as it was getting weaker and tablets are not helping any more. I have a follow up appointment with the consultant in few months.
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    In my area there is a hospice charity shop & they usually have a range of pads on offer that either can't be used at the hospice or have been donated by clients. They're a fraction of the price you'd pay elsewhere.

    Also ebay is another great source. Sellers often have lots of packets left over when a relative has died & offer them quite cheaply as it's not possible to hand them back. I've bought this way in the past & currently have a stock that will last me at least a year!
    The bigger the bargain, the better I feel.

    I should mention that there's only one of me, don't confuse me with others of the same name.
  • PlacitasgirlPlacitasgirl Forumite
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    We were recently in the same situation; my Husband was offered a continence assessment but it involved measuring the volume of liquids he drank, peed and leaked every day for a week. The nurse herself agreed it was quite a palaver and told us that the only pads they supply if you're eligible were very bulky which isn't ideal.

    We've stuck with buying his incontinence pads from Aldi. They're 89p a pack for 14 and we use one pack a week. These come in "moderate" and "extra" absorbencies we can get them collected as recycling using the same bags our council provides for nappies.

    They also sell incontinence pants at £3.75 for 9 pairs.
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