Clothing and Swimming with an Ostomy
I wish I knew what to do in order to go swimming
or attempt to go swimming with my kids in a
swimming pool?. I heard its best to go
swimming only in the ocean or lake........that is
one thing I would like to do<
Hello I not hady ileostomy long. I'm just
wondering can I go swimming ? Or do I need wear
certain things ?
Swim suit seasons coming- what do we do?! (panic)
Swim suit season is always a trigger for most
people- the image they have of themselves showing
more skin. Some people are comfortable in a
bikini, others perfer a one peice and others the
For both girls are boys with an Ostomy- how are
we to handle being in a swim suit while also being
socially acceptable. <
My take on this subject is having the attitude
of- be yourself. I dont see how having an Ostomy
changes anything about how you'd normally go
How do you manage to find smart clothes to wear
following a urostomy? I can’t wear my bag over
trousers and cover it with a floppy shirt or
jumper as it fills up so quickly and its heavy. I
have to tuck it inside to support the weight of
the liquid. I empty my bag at least once an hour
as it gets so heavy.
Apart from elastic waisted skirts or jogger pants
(yuck!) I can’t find anything suitable to wear.
Even wearing tights restrict the constant flow and
I hate the bulge showing from bene...
I went swiming, no leaks! yeah
Im on fb and saw a guy swiming with stoma seal.
first time I swam in years! the company doesnt
take insurance but I asked for a discount. NJ heat
is crazy and I feel so much better.
I am a little behind on reading some blogs, but
for those who have trouble wearing the pouch I
roll my pouch up and stick it in my underwear. I
have a small waist and I am able to do so. I wear
Victoria Secret high waste bikini type underwear,
but sometimes my underwear comes up over my pants
but it is hidden by a shirt. I do not have many
problems with leakage, as long as it is tucked in
everything is fine. I have had my ileostomy for
so long now that it is a part of me. And I can
So I've never had it explained to me, and it makes
me feel a little foolish for having to ask, but
how do you manage wearing pants with a bag? I
always wind up leaving my bag to hang outside my
pants because I keep worrying that it'll fill up
too fast and burst if I tuck it into my
pants--since it wouldn't be able to drain into the
lower part of the bag. Recently I've been wearing
longer shirts and can tuck the end up into the top
of my pants, but it still hangs down and can be
seen from time to...
Is it possible that tight clothing (stretch jeans)
would be harmful for an iliostomy?
Have had my Ostomy since the end of July. Still
trying to figure out how to wear my jeans. Any
ideas? I'm not into hipsters by the way.
Swimming and diet
Hello there, everyone.
Once again I'm compelled to ask a question about
how some of you handle a particular situation, i.e
My mother had irreversible illeostomy surgery
almost 2 years ago. Before she had the surgery,
she enjoyed going to the local YMCA to swim.
During the first year, she had some accidents, in
the form of the bag leaking, or falling off. She
now thinks she can no longer swim, and she
actually started to cry about this, recently.
Do any of you swim? I'm sur...
Clothing product to cover ostomy bag under clothes
Hi, I have read several different posts in which
people reccomend different yummie tummie products,
spanx products, and other things such as this. I
am not sure which one to get or which one works
best and these are things I dont think you can try
on. My main issue is that when my bag starts to
fill up its all at the bottom area and getting
fatter and fatter. also when I wear jeans the
surgeon and wcon said to make sure the stoma is
above the jeans which is fine but Sometimes it
doesnt work as w...
Important question about clothing
I have to go to a baby naming in a week and a half
and I am very nervous about what to wear. These
are all family but they all live out of state, and
I havent seen any of them since before the surgery
in May. My bag tends to have everything go to the
bottom than get really fat, and I dont want it to
be too noticeable. I have worn things that I
thought would be fine and its looked like I have
had an erect penis and I am a girl. I found a
dress that would work but I wear the bag
Was in my daughters swimming pool for 2-3 hrs last
Sat. First time in 3 yrs since my stoma was
installed. It was Great. My wafer is fine, as a
matter of fact, I am still wearing the same one
today, (Wed). So C'mon people...Enjoy
Swimming with dolphins
going to Nassau and really want to swim with the
dolphins, I have a colostomy any suggestions
I decided I was fed up with my stoma sticking out
like a sore thumb, I kept thinking people are
staring at this unusual bump under my t-shirt. So
i decided to try these boxers from Comfizz and
they are excellent, my bag feels so secure and it
shapes my stomach to look more normal. If your
struggling like I was I would thoroughly recommend
If you are in the UK you can get them on
prescription which is a bonus.
Great new clothing product for ostomates! trendy top
Greetings fellow Ostomates!
I had my operation 2 years ago this August and
have been searching for something comfortable and
affordable for daily wear to help camouflage and
secure my ostomy bag. I'm tired of having to wear
my shorts and jeans above my waist like Erkel
I happened to run across this product, Trendy
Tops, yesterday while shopping in Rite Aid. They
are marketed towards women but are not frilly and
can be used for men too.
These are great for around the waist to help...
Swimming and exercise
I am going to finally get released in a couple of
months back to the gym. I had a permanent ostomy
in March and many complications, but I am so ready
to go back to my life again.
Question: If you have experience in Swimming what
do you use? Your regular bag or do you know of
any bags made for swimming?
Question: Has anyone who runs or works out used
anything at the gym to cover the pouch because of
the heavy sweating? I wondered if anyone has used
a cover so the plastic doesn't get wet...
Clothing for men - how do i dress?
I just had my emergency surgery just over a month
ago, and came off the wound vac less than a week
ago. The incision is still closing and the scar
forming. I now have a colostomy that may be able
to be reversed in a few months. I was also laid
off my job becaus of the legnth of stay in the
The doctors and nurses really did not pepare me
for life with an ostomy. I basically learned how
to change the appliance (seems from reading here
that is the correct term). I have kind of had t...
This is mainly to Lester -- and anybody else that
can give me info. Where can I find the website or
any info on the "Ostomy Belt" that
Lester mentioned in his post??
I've been wearing pants that are two sizes to big,
in order to accommodate my appliance, for the
12 years. I read someones post a few weeks ago and
they suggested maternity pants.
Well, I came out of the dressing room with a BIG
SMILE on my face. I had to adjust the top and put
in a piece of elastic to hold them up but I no
longer have to wear big baggy pants. Thank you so
Swimming with a discreet bag
I happend to live in an island in the med, where
from June to September, we can go swimming daily.
The problem was, that I was unable to fully hide
my appliance, underneath my trunks.
What I did was to cut the flange hole , off
centre, elongated towards the top. This way the
whole appliance moves downwards, able to hide all,
yet, not artifacts !
I am wondering if other women and men had issues
with their clothing once they had ileostomy
surgery? I am a 34 year old female and when I had
my ostomy surgery, the stoma was in a different
place when I woke up than the mark that was made
on me. It is lower, so the waist band on most of
my dress pants goes right across the top of my
stoma. has anyone had any issues with this and if
so, could you please give me some ideas on how to
correct this problem.
Aquafit or swimming with large hernia?
Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone else out
there has ever been given any guidance on swimming
or doing Aquafit with a large (well, the size of
half a melon!) hernia? I am desperately trying to
lose weight and am now trying Slim Fast as I can't
eat any green veg or normal diet foods, but I
thought some exercise might help and as I am so
restricted with that as well (bad heart means I
can only walk 10 metres normal pace), thought that
swimming might help, although I am not a
Keep appliances on while bathing, swimming and showering!
I recently signed up for this site and have had an
Ileostomy since December 2010.
I have read so many postings about others asking
questions on how others keep their appliances on
while bathing, swimming and showering. I hope the
info below can be of help.
I've had a huge issue with my wafers not holding
due to my body chemistry that causes sweating
which in turn causes the wafers to lift. Not to
mention, I live in the South where humidity is
high during the summer months whic...
Because the summer is here I want to ask you if
you know a good site with swimwear for men.
Holiday swimwear for men
Hi all i will be going on holiday in a few weeks
and need to get some swimwear (shorts)that will
cover my stoma anyone any ideas where i can order
Only had my operation 2 months ago so none of last
years will do i need some with i high waist.
The bag, clothes and a bit of food
I am new to the land of ostomy and I feel the
Ostomy nurses don't share as much as I can read on
here. So I have a few questions...
Do I need to support the bag? i.e. Do I need to
wear a belt or is it okay to let the bag hang
freely? My stoma is situated such that I can wear
my regular under garments, however I notice that
there are garments which hold the bag. Is this
Does the stoma have to be protected? I was only
told that excessive rubbing would not be good.
I was given a...
I haven't attempted swimming with my ostomy yet.
I've seen special bathing suits and various kinds
of equipment such as belts, etc. Can anyone give
me tips/suggestions on what to get? I want to
start swimming for exerise and I also love to
travel so I'm thinking about swimming and
sunbathing for leisure as well.
What clothes can i wear?
What clothes can be worn with an iliostomy other
then elastic waste stuff? I'm so tired of sweat
pants and don't want my bag popping with jeans..:(
hi there ladies,i just wanted to bring up the
topic of sexy underwear,i have a few questions,do
you girls miss the sexy underwear lingerie
companies such as anne summers and la senza offer?
ive noticed theres a few companies out there that
offer "sexy" ostomy underwear but am i
alone in thinking that the underwear on offer is
pretty and well want for a better word safe? the
colour schemes are bland,do the designers of these
companies believe that just because we have
ostomies that we d...
Hi all can anyone give me a good sit to look at
underwear for illeostomys people
Just would like some help or information when it
comes to what everyone uses when it comes to
swimming? I am about to experiance my first summer
with my Iliestomy and my god here in perth on
wednesday was 37 degress and i was so
uncomfortable. I have been itchy and irritated! I
currently Use Dansac Pre-cut drainable
"bags" i have already started using
medical tape and sticking that to me as they keep
leaking throughout the nights.
If anyone could help or suggest so...
Swimming for men...
my stoma is quite high (above belly button) &
I was wondering what the men on here wear when
swimming. It is not really practical to wear high
waistband swimmers (would look REALLY stupid)
Swimming with a stoma
Hi I am trying to contact any one who lives in the
UK Blackpool area, to ask them about swimming
pools sutable for us with a Stoma.
Hi all ... did ya miss me ?
Just got back from a couple of weeks at the lake
(interior of B.C. - much hotter weather than where
I live on the coast).
First real trip since my ileo in Dec. 09. And a
reality check too.
My energy/physical shape is nowhere near what it
was this time last year. Tried to do all the same
stuff ... wow I tired fast! Did all the right
things re water/hydration and eating. But boy did
I feel old.
Swimming: everything stayed put and I quite
Clothes pins & tape
Hey everybody. 'k so stupid here didn't know that
when you type here in really big fonts ( so I can
see what I typed ) it gets posted that way oops
Just wanted to mention something I found ( or
maybe you all know about it & I'm late to the
party) but I got some tape from a nurse at the
hospital..... its called Hypafix and is virtually
the same material that the cloth part of the
wafers are made of . Its hypoallergenic & easy
on the skin and makes the wafers last longer if
Swimming with ostomy
I'm rather new at this and would like to know how
others handle swimming when you have an
ostomy--especially the men? My wife and I are
going on a cruise in about 2 weeks and I am really
anxious about swimming. My colostomy is high on
the left (above the beltline). I normally use
Sensura 2-piece. It has been suggested that I use
a short-sleve wetsuit but I think that would be
awfully hot in the tropics. What do you think?
Summer is comming!
I was wondering, how many of you women wear a
bikini, or a full one piece?
And men, how many just wear trunks?
When it comes to an ostomy, it takes a lot of
confidence to show it off(in my opinion.)
Also i was wondering would a monokini look
just looking for a little advice, feed back.
How do you swim w/ a bag?
I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I
have a two piece bag, I change the wafer thingy
once-twice a week and the bags I just put on take
off and throw away, no mess no nothing, nice
actually, but I love to swim and get scared that
if i swim, i have to wrap it and do all of this
silly stuff, in fear of it falling off? Anyone
have any ideas, I've got 2 boys who love to swim,
and I love swimming myself, so if anyone could
shoot a secret or two my way that's be great
does anyone know where to get a swimsuit .i m due
to go on holiday later in the year and have never
managed to get a decent swimsuit that does
actually hide the bag,i did buy one from a company
in the uk who make ostomy products but it was no
good and really old fashioned,any suggestions
welcome i wish i was good at dressmaking i d do it
I have had a bag for about four years and have had
difficulty finding the right underwear.
I am not looking for silk or a thong you
understand but some item that will support the bag
and my nether regions but not look hideous.
Has anyone any secret sources (obviously not
So for all af the female OstoMates out there,how
hard is it to find a pair of jeans.I went boxing
day shopping wiyh my 24 year old daughter and 2 of
her friends(the same age of my daughter)we had a
great time but when we tried on jeans(14.00 a
pair)I was so upset that all that they make are
low rise jeans.Well when you have a stoma that is
higher then where the jeans come its not very
attractive.I woul like to hear your solutions to
this problem if you have it.
This is my first stoma summer and I just bought a
new one piece swim suit yesterday. I am wondering
for those of you that do swim, when you do, do you
have to change to a new bag that same day or not
too far after? I know the wafer is meant to absorb
moisture so if you have moisture on the inside
from the stoma and also on the outside from the
pool water it would lessen the stickiness to the
skin, right? Please let me know, thanks.
My name is Lindy Hughes. I am a retired tailoress
currently living in Mid Wales, UK. I had a
colostomy five years ago and now lead a full and
Ever since my operation, I have found that I have
a problem with my colostomy bag I have found that
trousers did not fit correctly, they were
uncomfortable or that they restricted my movement.
Using my experience as a tailoress I believe that
I have a solution to this problem. I now would
like to develop and share this so...
Were can i get high waisted jeans to help cover my bag
i could do with some help pls with were to buy
some high waisted jeans. i need to get some jeans
to help cover my ileostomy bag. i can't find any -
my stoma is just higher than my belly button
hi & thank you for the tips on irritated
What' everybody doing about swimming, is there a
good cover to wear?