I am looking for a product to wear at night.  I am woman, and I ever since I had the reversal in 2016 I have had many yeast infections and I think the Always Discreet underwear are responsible.  I wrote in here once before, and people suggested I make a "fan" of panty liners to wear instead.  Perhaps that works for some people, but I ended up with a fan that was completed twisted and I still soiled my underpants and bed.  Perhaps I move more in the night that those who suggested it.  Mind you, I rarely had yeast infections before.  I have two thoughts.  One, I am considering using a man's disposable incontinence brief turned backwards.  I feel certain that the fact that the Always Discreet pads are causing infection because they do not breathe, although I will say that perhaps the issue is that even though I wipe from front to back as they say women should do, I think occasionally some feces ends up near the vagina.  I am now considering some sort of washable brief.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  The important thing is that it breathes.  Or is there some product that I can use to lie the back of my underpants that perhaps provides more coverage than a panty liner or maxi pad?  I have looked at a few washable continence  briefs and it seems I may need to wear any of them backwards.  Has anyone tried women's period underwear?  I would love advice before I spend $20 or more on an undergarment.  Suggestions on how to avoid yeast infections would be great too.  These have been me miserable since the reversal.

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I am not sure of what product to suggest. Do you have a lot of soilage or just a small amount? The reason I ask is because there is only one way to get rid of yeast infections forever. ( I mean, after you use the medicine they give you... you have to use that first!)  But the only way to avoid yeast infections is to air your area out. And then means, long periods of time with no underwear. LIke when you sleep. When you are home in your pajamas on the computer, drinking coffee, watching TV. I discovered this when I was younger and every chance I get, I do not wear underwear and I let that area breathe. I got a couple of cute little house dresses to wear if I don't feel like just hanging out in my nightgown. 

 

So, that brings me back to the soilage at night issue. If it's not a lot, then you can invest in some thick soft towels and just lay them under you when you sleep. You will wind up doing more laundry, but you will avoid yeast infections. Get a washable mattress pad as well, but again, a thick towel will catch the leaks at night. You may need several during the night and you may need to limit your food intake after a certain hour at night as well.

I know that if I am out and about too much and aren't mindful of airing out things, I get a bit of itching and yeast there as well. I can catch it before it become full blown by what I just said, although recently I was given some creame to knock it out again.

 

Good luck.

 

Thanks for your advice.  That is a thought.  It is a very small amount of leakage, and I live where it is very hot, so with sweating as well, I find I get very uncomfortable.  I don't know if I plan to get a mattress pad just yet as towels seem adequate.  

Glad to be of help. Two other notes: I had to go on antibiotics for strep and got itchy down there because of it. I went to my gyn and she gave me a cream, after getting back the lab results. The cream was to only be used on the outside of our lady parts. I was skeptical that it would work, but it did and it did very quickly. I guess it was a mild case of yeast. But it was important to use to knock it out. So you might want to go to the gyn and get something to knock it out. 

The other advice is: We have a standing fan in the bedroom to move air around in our condo. My boyfriend opens the kitchen window a bit and then turns on the air to get a good air flow. He also always stands in front of the fan after he towel dries himself.. to get good and dry. I started doing this as well.. and in effect, I kind of lay on the bed and point my "area" to the fan. THIS DRIES OUT THE AREA fully before putting on underwear. I think this is a very very important component as well. I often feel that drying off with a towel does not really keep it totally dry. AND, I keep three extra pairs of underwear on me.. one in my purse and one at work and one in the car. If I start to feel moist in that area, I change my underwear. I also do it for instance, after work, if I am going to an event or even going to run errands. I find that the dryer I can keep that area, then I do not get yeast infections! I also alternate between wearing dresses and pants because I feel the pants add to the moisture in that the underwear is against us tighter where the dress allows more air flow. 

My hobby is dancing and I change underclothing at breaks. This is also very helpful! 

 

Okay, that's my advice!!! Good luck. 

and if you go swimming, get out of that wet bathing suit as soon as you can! Even if you think you will go swimming again later, just bring another suit. DO NOT hang out in your wet bathing suit!!! A lesson I learned while living close to a beach for six months. I got the worst yeast infections and could not figure out why. DUH!!! 

MCH,

Just want to add a suggestion to all the good points from Dancing Girl. You could also use a hair dryer to dry the area after cleaning. Then apply a powder, something like Gold Bond powder? I think athletes use Gold Bond on their feet and the crevices between their toes to keep fungus and moisture under control. 

I would stay away from powder. There are now cases of cancer with women who used baby powder. And law suits. I think powder could be used ONCE in a great while if need be.. but the other things are much healthier. I would not trust Gold Bond in the female area very often. I suppose the hair dryer on a COOL setting could help. But if a person lives where it is hot out, as she wrote she does, the last think I would want is a hot hair dryer in that area.  And the blast from a hair dryer to me.. seems intrusive while a fan, at a medium setting is just mild and helpful. 

My suggestion is to try different products until you find one which works best for you.  Personally, I like Stayfree pads but they are expensive.  I switched to Walmart's name brand sanitary pads (Super).  They are relatively inexpensive and do the job for me.  I wear them 24/7.  Good luck!

Regarding the baby powder: The ovarian cancer connector is with brands containing talc, which is the culprit. There are plenty of choices that contain cornstarch and zinc, are void of talc and have that wonderful baby powder scent.

Over-the-counter generic miconazole cream can be used for itchiness and you can put some inside the cuff as well. Relief is immediate.

If leaking at night is a problem, washable bed pads can be ordered through Amazon. I recall the nurses using these 25 years ago & it saved washing sheets etc. & stayed in place better than towels.

I also use washable bed pads.  When I had my colectomy I was impressed with the bed pads used in the hospital.  They were strong yet very comfortable to lie on and they did the job!  I asked where they came from.  Once out of the hospital I visited the supplier and he sold me a dozen of them.  That was about 15 years ago and they are still in great shape.  They wash up beautifully.  I still use a sanitary pad, as well.

roseviolet posted:

Regarding the baby powder: The ovarian cancer connector is with brands containing talc, which is the culprit. There are plenty of choices that contain cornstarch and zinc, are void of talc and have that wonderful baby powder scent.

Over-the-counter generic miconazole cream can be used for itchiness and you can put some inside the cuff as well. Relief is immediate.

If leaking at night is a problem, washable bed pads can be ordered through Amazon. I recall the nurses using these 25 years ago & it saved washing sheets etc. & stayed in place better than towels.

 

Hi Roseviolet when you mention the cream Miconazole and put it inside the cuff.... what do you mean by the “cuff”

ive had an anal fissure for the last 2 months treated with nifedipine but think it’s not completely healed . So having lots of itching in rectum especially at night up constantly every hour to empii the pouch but I’m  very constipated . I’m wondering if there is a structure because I’ve been on antibiotics for the last 2 weeks thinking that it’s a form if pouchitis told to use the lax a day ! Been using it daily for past 2 weeks and still very constipated! Have to strain so much that it is painful  at the anus! Doctor told me I had leichen at the area from going to bathroom so often and from wiping ! n around perisnal area is white according to colorectal surgeon ! Suggested I do not wipe anymore but shower the area and pat dry with soft towel ! Find this hard especially during the night therefore not getting a good night sleep! Constantly up in bathroom ! Any one have had this issue ? Up till this summer and from reversal in Apri 2015  always had loose stools and having accidents as it would just ooze ! Now very constipated! Dr says that dust is settling and some people have tight muscles in the anus ! Any suggestions for the itching and constipation toughness or thinking a structure!

Hi Mariiuccia, you can put some miconazole on a tissue and deposit some inside the anus area in addition to the outside area. When I've had itching, that has done the trick. The rectal cuff is the very short area that's left when the colon is removed. It's what the j-pouch gets attached to. It does sound like you could have a stricture, but your doctor should be able to assess that. As for cleaning, try getting a perineal squirt bottle that you can fill with warm water to quickly and gently cleanse. These are the plastic bottle used by women after giving birth.

Thank you Roseviolet! I did that tonight and seemed to have some relief and able to sleep a few hours ! I just got up at 4:15 am and the itching woke me up! When this itching happens I think I have to evacuate as there is stool on the makeup pad remover i place on rectum after placing the miconazole cream! Then I’m sitting on toilet and straining but nothing ! So I just took a full dose of lax a day so that my stool will be looser in am! What about tap water enemas .... are they safe to use daily and even 2 a day? Thank you ! Wish you a beautiful day!

Mariuccia

Mariiuccia, I'm glad that the miconazole cream helped a bit. You can also try using Aveeno colloidal oatmeal in a sitz bath to calm & soothe the area. This is over-the-counter. If you've been suffering with this for a couple of years, you might want to get a second opinion to find out what another doctor recommends and also ask about a possible stricture. You shouldn't have to suffer like this.

I've never used enemas, but there are others on this board that have. Do a search.

I just wanted to reply to all and say I have done well without using anything, and I should have thought of it sooner.  I have been doing this since another user suggested it, so it has been several weeks.  Last night was the first time I had the need for something, but it was a small amount. 

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