1:44 pm - 06/30/2009

Urinary pain while wearing pads

Another question, really fast:

Due to what I believe to be is the beginnings of a YI (again.), I'm gonna go through my period this week without tampons and see how that helps. Now, this is the first day of said period and I've been wearing pads. I haven't worn pads for like 7 years or so and I'm noticing a few stabbings of urinary pain today. Is there anything behind the thought that pads are causing an irritation? I'm using the CVS version of Always ultra-thins. I don't remember this happening when I used to use pads... but then again, I have developed lots of issues down there since then. Maybe I'll start popping some cranberry pills while I am wearing these pads. Does that connection seem logical?
melodic_lyrics 30th-Jun-2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I suppose it's possible that if you're wearing the pad all day, the moisture and warmth against your vulva could certainly breed bacteria, but I don't think the pad is irritating your urethra.
paperispatient 30th-Jun-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I've read that it's good to changes pads often so that the blood doesn't create a "bridge" for bacteria from your vagina and even from your bum to get into your urinary tract. The pad could be rubbing against you and making things ouchy too.
thinktink16 2nd-Jul-2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Boo ouchies. Yeah, that makes complete sense. I'll keep that in mind.
fireaphid 1st-Jul-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
If you have a very sensitive urethra (likely if you're battling a YI), the super-absorbent gels in the ultra-thin pad may be causing the irritation. You might also want to check if there are fragrances in the pads, even if they're "unscented", as those can also cause irritation. But, yeah, you're not imagining the connection. I used pads pretty much continuously from when I was 12 until I was 20, and I'd always get mild UTI symptoms (pain upon urination, frequent urination, low urine volume, etc.) at the end of my period, after wearing ultra-thin pads for a week. I've switched to cloth pads and haven't had the problem (or a single UTI) since! If you don't want to switch (or can't right away), you might want to hunt down some organic pads at a health food store to at least eliminate the super-absorbent gels and fragrances, though they still probably have the air-tight barrier that can encourage microbial growth. Feel better!
thinktink16 2nd-Jul-2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Wow, I hadn't even thought of the gels in the pad. Haha I didn't even know they made organic pads!

Well, I think I'm pretty stuck with the ones I bought for this particular period. I'm wildly not enjoying this constant leaking feeling and the sticky, mucky feeling is bringing me back to my middle school days. So, this experiment will likely not happen again after this week. BUT if I decide my pH needs a little rebalancing again in the future, I'll keep organic and/or cloth pads in mind. That is actually fantastic advice. Thanks!
kwaniesiam 1st-Jul-2009 04:46 am (UTC)
I would suggest trying washable cloth pads. They are much less likely to cause any irritation. I'm very sensitive to the chemicals pads and tampons are processed with, so they have really helped me. Maybe its worth looking in to? Hope you feel better!
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