5 Stars By D. Michel on 2016-01-22
Great for big gals, you just HAVE TO TRY THESE!
I never liked this brand for menstrual pads, the texture was uncomfortable, too plastic feeling. BUT THIS PAD IS REALLY DIFFERENT!!!
I'm 56 and due to some medical and menopausal issues I need a pad daily and nightly, which has led me to try literally all brands, lengths, and absorbency sizes.
I've determined that for ladies with generous lower measurements, who wear between size 11 & 14 plus size panties / 3-5 XLG pants size, only very long length pads really work. Short length pads just don't reach all the way from front to back, can't give adequate absorbency, and short pads are just not comfortable.
Also, lots of pads that are long enough are so thick and bulky, you feel like you are smuggling a bath towel in your drawers. I've tried the overnight versions of all brands of pads, incontinence or regular menstrual types, and the longest lengths offered by all brands. I had resigned myself to a life of awkwardness, anxiety, discomfort, and compromise.
When Always brand released their Discrete bladder leakage control line, I initially gave them a try because they were almost 50% lower in price compared to other brands, and as they claimed they were unbelievably thin and comfortable. A package of 28 sells for about $12.00 at Walmart and here on BTA-MALL, for the Long length Ultimate absorbency, which is half what I'd pay for either Tena or Poise in similar sizes.
But once I tried these Always pads I was BLOWN AWAY by how amazingly comfortable they were - they are long enough, they are really flat and hold their shape - they don't crumple or bunch up or fold into a paper airplane down there. They are so thin, you forget you are wearing them, and they just don't show through. So I was sure that with such a thin, comfortable pad, they surely couldn't possibly be absorbent enough.
This is a big deal - please understand, I'm that gal who has sudden heavy leakage with any kind of laughing, coughing, or other stress. Apart from the comfort issues of smaller, lighter pads, it was truly a hassle to have that constant worry that the pad might not be able to hold up under the big sudden floods. This worry in the past had been a real concern because so many pads had failed me, especially at night or if I had a cold and was dealing with a lot of sudden sneezing or coughing fits.
I can't be clear enough on this point - Always Discrete pads get the job done. I've tested them under the most grueling and extreme conditions. I've sat through gut busting hilarious comedy programs that made me explode in spontaneous laughter. I've been suddenly caught short with an allergy attack that brought a couple dozen uncontrollable sneezes.
And I just got through a very long bout of the flu that lasted at least a month and I was really coughing a LOT - I coughed so much and so hard, I pulled a few muscles in my sides and back. I was hacking in sudden late night coughing bouts that made me hoarse and exhausted me. And I was taking flu meds that made me sleep pretty hard - often a problem if you tend to have night time incontinence.These Always Discrete pads not only feel totally comfortable, they have not leaked yet, no matter what I was doing.
Now, I can't emphasize this enough, this includes those times when I was caught unawares away from home or while driving or shopping, and couldn't get to a restroom to change pads right away. These pads have done double and triple duty under heavy sneezing, laughing, or coughing fits. And they hang in there even if I had sudden leakage when lifting heavy things like a case of soda at Costco or a chair when rearranging furniture!
So, I inadvertently bought the Maximum Long length pads one time, and found they were not as long or as wide, but just as thin and absorbent - and for certain times that alternate size actually works better for me, like ordinary night wear when I'm not sick with cold or flu. The amazing comfortable and effective qualities of these pads was so mind blowing, I just had to tell my mother about it, as we have occasionally commiserated about the flaws and shortcomings of most brands of pads.
Now, my mom is smaller and shorter than me, wearing 1-2 XLG pants, probably size 10 plus panties, so we never wear the same size pads. But we agreed that most pads were bulky, bunched up, and we're really uncomfortable - not to mention expensive. I gave her a handful of the Maximum long pads and she reported back in total amazement - they are so thin and comfortable! Why would anyone ever wear those heavy, bulky thick kinds of pad again?
Mom also travels quite a bit, and it's a real pain having to find room to pack all your pads when they are so big and bulky. A week's worth of pads could take up an entire overnight bag! She used to have to pre-apply the pads into panties and then fold them up tightly to fit them into a suitcase, and long trips were really a huge hassle for this reason.
Not anymore, these Always Discrete are so lightweight and slim, they can fit into any luggage without requiring you use a bigger bag. I can fit half a dozen in my purse without even noticing they are there, but I never need that many in my bag because they are so absorbent it's easy to wait until I get home from running errands to change pads if I need to. I hardly ever need to use that spare pad while I'm shopping, dining out, or visiting with friends. This really takes the pressure off in terms of disposal, too, as there is no need to leave a huge used pad in a bathroom waste bin.
There are a few other features to these pads that make them uniquely appealing - they have a special adhesive backing that covers the whole back of the pad, making them really fit better and stay put, great if you are very active. They can just really conform to your body, fitting neatly whether you wear pants or a skirt, and they don't get dislodged even if you have to scoot into and out of a car seat or booth at a restaurant.
Great if you ride a bike or go to the gym, great for yoga, dancing, or any other activity. The wrapper peels off easily, with a little adhesive tab that lets you recluse it after wrapping it around a used pad for disposal. It's easy to carry extras in your purse or glove box in the car, and they are essentially weightless.
The firm flat profile of these pads actually make your underwear and pants more comfortable, eliminating awkward camel toe overly clingy fitting pants. If you've been really restricted in your wardrobe or activities and movement because of your size and the way pants fit, these pads can actually change how comfortable and accessible life can be for you. If you have ever agonized over the way tights, panty hose, or leggings fit - if you've ever had to opt for a nightgown or skirt or dress because pants just tend to creep and bunch up, you will really be pleased at how these pads just eliminate this issue.
Oh, I almost forgot, the original comment I made about how I used to avoid menstrual pads by this brand was unpleasant, plastic feeling surface material. These Always Discrete pads feel soft and smooth as cotton, feel wonderfully gentle and soothing against your most delicate parts, and they manage to feel dry even after a leakage incident. So the irritation issues that used to be an ongoing hassle are just no longer a problem.
I will NEVER use any other brand of pad again.
5 Stars By Barbara Chaisson on 2016-12-13
Best pads ever for moderate incontinence protection.
These are the best incontinence pads I have found. They are so thin I can't believe it. They work like thick pads. One feature that I als like is that the sticky side doesn't have just a thin strip, but covers the whole underside of the pad. They stay in place so much better than other pads. Add to it that they are super thin even though they are for moderate protection. Great product. I will continue to buy them.
5 Stars By Terry Willette on 2016-09-17
I have tried many other brands but these are the best. They are thin so you don't even feel them on. Super absorbant and urine turns into a gel absorbed in the pad so you feel dry. They really work! No I wasn't compensated for this endorsement.....wish I was!
5 Stars By ladyfern31 on 2017-12-21
No need to panic...
It is easy to slip into near-panic when leaking occurs, especially in a professional work environment, but these pads are completely secure and well-fitted, and are used with complete confidence. They are a discreet size, and easy to transport in inside purse or briefcase pockets. Would like to see a mid-sized length, and possibly a slightly-fragranted pad, but not necessary.
5 Stars By Julie K on 2017-02-13
Great Product - Highly Recommend
Love these panty liners. They are long enough & are very absorbent. I don't want to be without them!!!
4 Stars By realreggie69 on 2017-01-27
Best fit, size keeps you assured of getting the ...
Best fit, size keeps you assured of getting the job done. Soft, dry, no odor even after all day.
4 Stars By Vita Dellamonica on 2017-02-16
Wish they were a little thinner. But definitely does the job.
They are still thinner than the other leading brands.
5 Stars By Aunt Pearl on 2017-02-10
Catches moisture and odor...comfortable.
5 Stars By Oldtimer on 2017-05-15
A family member is bedridden from stroke. These disposables are a "must" purchase at a reasonable price.
5 Stars By Roberta Williams on 2016-08-01
Always Discreet, Incontinence Pads, Moderate,...
I find these are more comfortable, less bulky and easier to use than the thicker heavy duty kind. They serve my needs. I will order them again.
It is personal preference in items such as this.