“ Brand: Feme / Type: Pregnancy Aids „
When you are pregnant there are a lot of things that you don't really want to thinks about birth and postnatal recovery. One of these has got to be perineal tears, but sadly virtually everyone I know who's had a baby has either had a tear or an episiotomy, and it's best to be prepared for all eventualities. These Feme Pads were recommended to me by a friend who had used them and liked them so much that she gave me a pack of 2 (can be bought for around £15) as well as a pack of 30 gauze covers (£7ish). Feme Pads are about 10cm long, 4cm wide gel packs which can be put in the fridge and then worn in your knickers to help ease discomfort post-birth. I think you can also gently warm them in hot water before you wear them if you prefer warmth to cooling. To maintain hygiene, you put them in a gauze sleeve before you wear them and then dispose of the gauze sleeve after use. I had a small tear after giving birth to my daughter which was uncomfortable for a few weeks, though I never needed to have any pain-killers. I used these Feme pads on a couple of occasions and found them to help a bit with the discomfort. I don't think they are particularly better than a warm bath, but they are much less hassle, and with a newborn there often aren't many opportunities for running baths, let alone having one! They are fairly cumbersome so you wouldn't be able to wear one out of the house, and I didn't find that the cooling effect lasted for long, though it helped with relief while it did. I don't think these Feme Pads are worth the price tag (£15ish + £7ish), though they did help on a couple of times. I wouldn't buy them myself but they were a good (if somewhat scary) present and I was glad I had them.
I am going to start this review with my recommendation and that is.....to avoid these like the plague! I usually end my review with my recommendation but these are so bad that I thought it would be best to put it at the top for all to see! After I had my daughter, I had to have a few stitches as I had to have an opeaseiotomy. Not pleasant and quite uncomfortable. My stitches felt tight and were itchy which was made even worse whilst wearing a sanitary towel. I asked my midwife if there was anything I could do to try and take away some of the discomfort and she told me about these Feme Pad Post Natal Pain Relief Pads. She told me that they helped relieve pain caused by stitches and she had a pack of two which had been sent to her which she gave me. I thought this was very kind of her as they cost between £10 and £15. I do genuinely believe that my midwife thought these worked and were a good idea but they really weren't. They are basically a little gel which is inside a plastic sack. The sack goes into the freezer and you allow the gel to freeze. Once frozen you stick the gel sack in your knickers covered with the little piece of cloth which is like a sock that it fits into. It came with two of these. A case of whilst using one, wash the other. This felt horrible in my knickers. It was bulky and made me walk even more like John Wayne than my stitches actually made me! It also made me feel unclean too. I just didn't like the feeling of it. Also, when it starts to defrost, you are left with a wet patch type of feeling where it is melting. It is just disgusting! I only used these the ones and I opted for nice warm baths instead to soothe my stitches - a much nice option! Avoid these at all costs!
I have to say that I found these to be a complete a waste of money. I had a horrendous labour and as such had to have some serious stitching down below. I was in a lot of discomfort for weeks and was advised by my midwife to purchase these feme pads. My midwife must have been on commission or something for the company who makes them. Basically it's a gel that is incased in a plastic sack that you put in the freezer. You then take it out and put a cloth bandage type casing over it (comes with 2, if I remember correctly - that you are expected to wash). So once you put this bandage thing on it you put it in your knickers and voila - there you have it. It's quite bulky and you can't really sit down as it's very cold from being in the freezer - it was so cold I thought I was going to get a chill down below. I personally thought it was so unhygenic - I mean how can you wash something like that properly and if you you were to reuse it then you'd have to put it back in the freezer for it to work again. My personal opinion is that if you are in discomfort like I was then have plenty of lukewarm baths. The annoying thing was that my husband bought two of these packs by mistake. I got them from Boots, I'm not sure of anywhere else that sells them. If they were a couple of quid then I'd say have a try but at almost £15 there are better options.
The ultimate first aid for post-natal perineal stitches.