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Frequently Asked Questions

How are Renew Inserts different relative to incontinence pads and adult diapers?

Renew Inserts help keep bowel contents inside the rectum until the user is ready for a voluntary bowel movement. Pads absorb leaked stool after the stool has already contacted the perianal region and skin of the buttocks. Skin irritation may occur since pads and other absorbent products leave bowel contents in contact with the skin. Renew Inserts help prevent the odor associated with leaked stool. Due to their small size, Renew Inserts are easy to dispose of.

In summary, Renew Inserts provide numerous benefits over the use of pads and incontinence diapers:

  • More hygienic
  • Prevent odor
  • Less skin irritation caused by leaked stool
  • Less soiling of clothes
  • Less bulk
  • No sound or visible signs associated with undergarment protection
  • Less mess to dispose of
Will I still need pads or diapers if I’m using Renew Inserts?

Many users of Renew Inserts have stopped using pads altogether. However, if you also have urinary incontinence, then a pad may still be needed.

Usage FAQs

1. Have Renew Inserts been clinically tested?

Yes. Clinical studies in the USA have demonstrated that the Renew Inserts are safe and reduce accidental bowel leakage by 81.8%*.

2. Are Renew Inserts comfortable to insert and wear?

Yes. Clinical studies show Renew Inserts are: soft, fit the contours of the body, comfortable to wear and easy to use*. Inserting a Renew Insert properly will not cause discomfort. Just follow the step-by-step instructions.

3. How do I know when the Renew Insert is properly in place?

When the Renew Insert is properly in place, the top disc is resting just inside the rectum and the bottom disc is just outside the anus. You should not feel any discomfort.

4. How long can I wear a Renew Insert?

Renew Inserts may be worn continuously, day and night. A single Renew Insert can be worn until your next bowel movement, or changed as desired. After one is expelled, you may replace it with a new Renew Insert. Never use more than one Insert at a time.

5. How do I know what size Renew Insert to use?

You should first use the Regular size Renew Insert. If you find that the Renew Insert comes out at unexpected times or if you experience leakage, try the Large size Renew Insert. If you experience discomfort discontinue use.

6. What are some insertion positions?

You may want to sit on the toilet or try standing with one foot up on the toilet or squatting. You should use whichever insertion position is most comfortable for you. Avoid multiple insertion attempts to limit the exposure of fecal matter to other parts of the body.

7. Can a Renew Insert get lost inside my body?

No. Clinical research has shown that Renew Inserts come out with a person’s next bowel movement*. The Renew Insert is designed so the top and bottom discs hold it in place in the anal canal between the rectum and anus. In the unlikely event a Renew Insert moves into the anus, it will be naturally expelled with your next bowel movement.

8. What if the Renew Insert comes out when I go to the toilet and pass wind (gas) or urinate?

The Renew Insert is designed to be expelled with a bowel movement, but occasionally it may come out if you are sitting on the toilet and passing wind (gas) or urinating. If this happens, simply replace it with a new Renew Insert. If you are using a Regular size Renew Insert and this happens frequently, you may want to try the Large size Renew Insert.

9. Will I be able to pass wind (gas) with the Renew Insert in place?

Yes. The Renew Insert still allows for the passage of wind (gas). If you are using a Large size Renew Insert and feel discomfort from wind (gas), try a Regular size Renew Insert.

10. Can I bathe and be physically active when I’m wearing my Renew Insert?

Yes. You can do all of your activities while using a Renew Insert.

11. Should I flush the applicator and Renew Insert down the toilet?

Flushing of the applicator and the Renew Insert is not recommended.

*Renew clinical study CLD210 results as published in Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2015; 58: 892–898