Easy Tip: Tuck Top Under Bra for Easier Ostomy Pouch Emptying

Jul 02, 2022 8:10 pm

Hello to all my fellow female ostomates,

You know how we all figure out our own routines for dealing with our ostomies? Some from advice from others, and some, we just come up with ourselves? Well, something I've been doing since the beginning, a very simple trick, maybe something that all you ladies already figured out, but it occurred to me that some might not have. You might all say, "Well, duh!", but here it is. When I'm emptying my pouch, and I am wearing a top, shirt, blouse, sweater, whatever, that hangs past my waist, which pretty much all my tops do, in order to get things out of the way and make the emptying process easier, I simply tuck the bottom of my top under the band of my bra. It makes a big difference. Hopefully this will help some.


Jul 02, 2022 9:33 pm

Thanks, Terry.

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Earth Angel
Jul 02, 2022 9:50 pm

Lol, I tuck it under my boobs.

Jul 02, 2022 10:33 pm

Thank you!! This will make life a lot better!! Not to mention keeping my shirts cleaner longer! Thank you

Past Member
Jul 03, 2022 1:00 am

As I don't always wear a bra, even before the ostomy (and definitely after), I've always worn stretchy singlet tops/camisoles that I can tuck in shirts and tops under (even a dress or skirt on occasion), just roll it all up and away you go!

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Jul 03, 2022 1:42 am

I catch the end of my shirt and pull it tight around my body and tuck it under. I also keep a bag clip that you clip opened bags with on a shelf beside the commode. I gather up the end of my shirt tight and clip it.

Jul 03, 2022 7:49 pm
Reply to Earth Angel

LOL! I'm not sure my equipment would be up to the challenge!

Jul 03, 2022 7:50 pm
Reply to Hairdresser

I'm so glad it could be of help to you!

Jul 03, 2022 7:55 pm
Reply to Anonymous

Yeah, when I'm at home, the girls are usually unencumbered, so this trick doesn't always work!

Earth Angel
Jul 03, 2022 8:21 pm
Reply to TerryLT

Amen!!! Lol

Jul 03, 2022 11:11 pm

I pull my top up and over my head so it's around my neck.

Jul 03, 2022 11:31 pm
Reply to Earth Angel

Me too!!

Keep smiling and enjoying life, Angel...you have a pretty smile...Magoo

Jul 04, 2022 12:14 am

I just took my shirt off, you ladies should try it.

Earth Angel
Jul 04, 2022 1:37 am
Reply to Mayoman

Silly MaGoo, you're so sweet - thank you

Earth Angel
Jul 04, 2022 1:38 am
Reply to AlexT

How do you know we don't?

Jul 04, 2022 1:44 am
Reply to Earth Angel

Pics or it didn't happen.

Jul 04, 2022 11:57 am

I used to tie my shirt with an elastic hair band and it would get all wrinkled in record time until an ostomy nurse tucked it under my bra. I thought, "How did I not think of this?" Thanks for sharing your simple yet effective tip, Terry!

P.S. For those of you who have a cold season, isn't it fun to have to maneuver a scarf in an outdoor public restroom, too?!

Artsy Lady
Jul 05, 2022 5:41 pm

I pull the hem up and clip it to the neckline with a claw-type hair clip.

Lots of good tips here.

Jul 05, 2022 8:29 pm
Reply to Ebony&Ivory

I've been known to do that when I'm not wearing a bra!

Jul 06, 2022 12:30 am
Reply to AlexT

Funny lol.

Jul 06, 2022 12:33 am
Reply to Earth Angel

I do the same too. I have enough boobs to tuck mine.

Jul 12, 2022 2:27 pm

I tuck under the bra...always!! Lol...and my greatest fear is coming out of the restroom at work with my shirt still tucked in my bra!! Lol...it most certainly will happen to me at some point, I don't doubt it. :o)

Jul 14, 2022 4:26 pm

I always carry a covered elastic band that I use to tie up my hair. It's also useful to pull up and secure my clothing at chest level to prevent the fabric from falling down into the bag area when I'm emptying.

Aug 02, 2022 1:30 am
Reply to Earth Angel

Haha! I always make the crop top with the bottom of my top with the collar of my shirt or dress.

Aug 13, 2022 2:49 pm

Great suggestion! I tucked my shirt under my chin. Had a few close calls :) This would be so much easier.

Homie With A Stomie NS
Aug 13, 2022 10:02 pm

Great suggestion delgrl525.... Seeing I go braless around the house only and my boobs aren't big enough to tuck my shirt under, although as the saying goes, gravity certainly has taken over. Lol, it makes me a chin tucker. Lol... Love the great suggestions. Thank you all. And for

Alex T, we all know now you're a boob man.

Stay well, be safe all.


Aug 13, 2022 10:05 pm
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Homie With A Stomie NS
Aug 14, 2022 1:06 pm
Reply to AlexT

No, not you. You're a puppy. Of course, you!

Aug 27, 2022 7:02 am

Since I had a long torso and long legs and my bag is near my navel... I do not tuck, just lift my shirt a little... it is so automatic now I had to think about that one... but thank you for the good idea :)... my biggest worry is the backsplash if I am not close enough to the toilet... because I always stand and empty.

Aug 27, 2022 7:57 pm

Hi Maried, if you just lift your shirt a little, how do you keep it from falling back down? The idea is to free up both hands, so I can't picture what you are describing. Also, I'm amazed that you are able to empty while standing up! I'm sure I would make a huge mess, although it's been tempting to try on some occasions when in a public toilet that isn't very clean. Actually, that seems to describe most public toilets! I've started taking a little zipper bag with a couple of disinfectant wipes, if I know I'm going to be out for a while and using public toilets. I just clean the seat before using it.