Kala’s story: My heavy periods
“I’m a bleeder. I have to change my super tampon every two or three hours on heavy days, sometimes every hour. It’s exhausting and expensive.
“Over the four days of my period I’d go through about 20 super tampons and 12 pads – and tampons cost a lot!
“I trialed Just’nCase at home. I wore the full briefs on the heaviest day of my period and they were incredible. They completely absorbed the blood and I felt dry, with no leakage from the sides or in my jeans. I checked the odour and they were pretty odour-free, which was also good. I’m amazed that they went through the night with no leakage on the bedsheets.
“Now I wear them every period – they're all I use. I don’t have to buy pads – I don’t even have to think about them. It’s so liberating!
“I usually wear the lace ones on my early days and towards the end of my period, when I have lighter bleeding, and I’ll often wear them right through for 24 hours. They’re super comfortable and the shape is really flattering. I actually feel quite sexy in them.
“I also wear the high cut ones on lighter days – I like that they're quite streamlined and they hold you in a bit across your tummy.
“Then the full briefs are fantastic for my really heavy days when I need the extra absorbency. They have a slightly thicker absorbent panel than the others, which I find reassuring. You’re asking it to absorb a lot of blood so you want to look at it and feel it can deliver that.
“The full briefs will comfortably take 12 to 15 hours of heavy bleeding (I would normally have gone through four or five super tampons in that time). I’ll often have a shower in the evening and then put on another pair at night.
“I just wish I’d known about period underwear sooner. They’re revolutionary. I may never use a tampon again. Hooray!”
Sarah’s story: Living with wee leaks
“I was 47 when I started to get regular bladder leakage. I thought it was a condition reserved for older people, maybe over 65 or even 70, who were at an age where the body was in natural decline.
“The first time I experienced uncontrollable bladder leakage, I was at the supermarket just shopping for fruit when I felt my bladder give and a warm stream start to trickle down my leg. I was able to hold some of it back, but I was so embarrassed I couldn’t bring myself to shop at that supermarket for a long time.
“Bladder leaks started to happen more and more frequently after that. I became too afraid to go to the gym because any sort of physical exertion seemed to make me pee uncontrollably. My social life suffered as I couldn’t enjoy myself when I was worried about a laugh making me leak. Anything that put even a little bit of pressure on my bladder seemed to make me just go!
“My doctor suggested I try a brand of reusable, absorbent underwear designed to manage multiple bladder leaks across a day, as a way to make me feel confident to stay active. Confitex was the brand – and to this day, I don’t know what I would have done without them. When I wore them, I stopped being continually anxious and physically stressed and could actually focus on things beyond my bladder leakage.
“Confitex underwear gave me the freedom to get on with what I wanted and needed to do without having to worry about embarrassing leaks. Although they didn’t stop my bladder from giving out, wearing Confitex meant that I knew that my leaks were supported and the more I wore them, the more confident I felt to get stuck in to kegel exercises, socialising and getting physically fit again. Although I still experience the odd leak, I control my bladder more than it controls me.”
Pat’s story: “I’m not ashamed of being incontinent.”
“I have shown my Confitex products to my 84-year-old sister and my 60-year-old daughter. Like me, they each had four children and are now suffering from incontinence.
“I use only your products and wear them day and night so I can relax knowing I won’t leak all over the place. The new ones are very comfortable, having the stretchy material rather than the elasticised legs and waistband that used to cut into me a bit. They are far less bulky as well, which means my waistline is slimmer. They’re easier to dry and lighter in weight if you are travelling away from home for more than a few days.
“I’m very happy! Thank you Confitex!
“I’m happy for you to use my feedback, and I don’t mind my name being used. I’m not ashamed of being incontinent. I do kegels every day, go to tai chi twice a week and have a personal trainer at the gym for two 30-minute sessions a week. Like most octogenarians, I am getting a bit less able than before, but I still lead an okay life, watching my grandchildren playing sport every weekend!
“Best wishes, Pat.”