“Gee, I hope I leak forever,” said nobody ever. And yet that’s pretty much what you’re signing up for if you use pads or liners as a way of dealing with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
See, rather than treating SUI, sticking a pad in your underwear and going about your day is essentially putting a Band-aid on a giant wound without expecting it to actually heal. Even worse, they’re often presented as the only solution, which means many women spend years and years using pads continuously as their incontinence issues get worse.
Then, of course, there are the other drawbacks. Shelling out for pads for the rest of your life adds up. It’s also not so great for the environment. Did you know it can take over 400 years for one pad to decompose? Yup, you read that right.