Faecal pads are a product designed specifically for bowel leakage, however they are not widely available so many people use pads that are designed for bladder leakage instead.
Faecal pads are shaped to fit in and around the buttocks.
Some disposable faecal pads have an internal cuff/gathers designed to hold liquid or solid stool in place.
A small washable faecal pad or a disposable gauze dressing can be used for light bowel leakage.
Most people use pads designed for bladder leakage, especially if they have both bladder and bowel leakage.
You will need to try different pads out and to find which works best for you. There is no research evidence to show if any of the faecal pads work better than others.
A disposable gauze dressing placed between the buttocks has been found to be acceptable for light bowel leakage where the stool usually remains between the buttocks and doesn’t soil underwear 1
Faecal pads are made of similar materials to pads for bladder leakage but they usually have less absorbent capacity.
Click on Pads for more information about how pads are made.
Faecal pads vary in size. You are recommended to try a smaller, more discreet pad first, and move to a larger pad as necessary.
However, you may find that only the larger pads for bladder leakage give sufficient cover for both bowel and bladder leakage, and that you have unnecessary bulk at the front end.
Faecal pads are usually easy to position and secure in place with stretch pants. If you have difficulty with your hands you may find stretch, ‘mesh’ style pants tricky to manage. If so, try using close-fitting normal underpants with lycra for extra support.
There is always the possibility of leakage from the pad onto clothes or furniture.
These pads at present do not prevent odour associated with bowel leakage although it may be possible to use them with other products that do reduce odour.
It is useful to flush any solid waste down the toilet if possible before disposing of the pad.
Disposable pads can be wrapped in nappy sacks and disposed of in the normal household waste.
Disposable pads are not biodegradable and should not be flushed down the toilet.
Click on Worldwide to go to organisations where you live for local information about disposal.
Faecal pads are similar to pads for bladder leakage in many respects. For information about how much they cost, how to launder washable pads and other aspects of pad use, click on Pads.
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