Swimming and Beach Tips for New Ostomy Bag Users

May 20, 2024 5:11 pm

I am new to having an ostomy bag. It's summer and I want to be able to swim and lay by the pool. What precautions should I take for protection of my ostomy bag for these things that I love to do? I'm also planning in two weeks to go to the beach, so I need suggestions…please!

May 20, 2024 5:23 pm

I swim (well, dance) in the pool almost daily... no special requirement needed... looking forward to seeing other responses...

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May 20, 2024 6:05 pm

Flange extenders give added security.

May 20, 2024 6:56 pm

What type of ostomy do you have?

An ileostomy has increased liquid output compared to a colostomy. Wafer adhesives are waterproof, but like Xnine mentioned, flange extenders will provide added security. You can also add a support belt. "Stealth belts" are designed for activity. Nu-Hope makes many styles of belts. And at a minimum, Hollister thin bag retention belts would secure your bag (provided you're using a Hollister 2-piece setup).

May 20, 2024 8:45 pm

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May 25, 2024 9:48 pm

When I do water aerobics, I just put my stretchy suit over my bag and I have never had a problem. Some people like to use the Sure Seal and feel more secure with it, but I'm fine without it. My one caveat is to beware of hot tubs; when I sat in one for about 15 minutes, the heat loosened my adhesive and the bag started to come off.

May 25, 2024 10:05 pm

Try switching to a closed bag before getting in. I normally use a drainable pouch

Then change when you are done.

May 26, 2024 4:42 pm

I do water fitness and I use a Sure Seal ring. I just like the extra protection. I am very curious about the product called a Stealth Belt. Anyone have any information on this belt?