TendHer Perineal Pack FAQs
1) What are TendHer Perineal Packs & Sleeves made of?
TendHer Perineal Packs are made using a medical-grade film, which is both strong and highly flexible. The gel inside is our proprietary recipe and uses only vegetarian food ingredients. There are no harmful chemicals in our gel, and no BPA or phthalates in our film. TendHer Perineal Pack Sleeves are made of a high-tech fabric designed to wick away moisture and feel super smooth & comfortable.
2) Why would I use my TendHer Perineal Pack warm? And why can’t I warm it up in the microwave?
According to many midwives, local application of heat to the perineum can help reduce the perception of pain and promote stretching during labor. Warming up a Perineal Pack is a convenient way to apply this technique. That said, you definitely wouldn’t want to (ahem) burn that tender area. Microwaving your Perineal Pack could damage the film and produce uneven hot spots in the gel, which could potentially hurt you! If you would like to use your Perineal Pack warm, please warm it up in hot (not boiling) water and make sure it is a comfortable temperature for your tender areas before applying. See our instructions [note to J: link to instructions] for more information.
3) Why would I use my TendHer Perineal Pack cold?
Much like the commonly accepted benefits of heat during labor, cold packs applied to the perineum as soon as possible after delivery can help relieve swelling and discomfort. Cooling your TendHer Perineal Pack in the fridge or freezer and wearing with a sleeve and a maternity pad are a convenient way to apply this technique. Also, should your OB or midwife suggest applying a tincture, it can easily be applied to the sleeve worn with the cold Perineal Pack. If you have had a C-section, the Perineal Pack is also the perfect size & shape to apply to your incision site to reduce swelling and discomfort there instead.
Here are some references if you’d like to learn more about temperature-based soothing during & after delivery:
3) How much should I use a TendHer Perineal Pack?
The short answer is: as long, as frequently, and at the temperature that you & your healthcare provider agree will help you the most. In general, hot or cold sessions should not exceed 20 minutes, which is about as long as the TendHer Perineal Pack will retain a warm or cold temperature. Most women find that they have healed enough to forego cooling the perineum or C-section incision site a few days after delivery.
4) How many gel packs and sleeves are there in a TendHer Perineal Pack?
The TendHer Perineal Pack comes with 2 re-usable gel packs and 5 re-usable sleeves so that you can wash and rotate between applications. The gel packs can be washed in cold running water and patted dry, and the sleeves can be washed in cold water (by hand or in a washing machine) and hung to dry. If, however, you prefer not to wash your sleeves, they can also be disposed of after use.