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Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:08 pm
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Not sure what they are called in other parts of the globe, but in the US they are called Sweatpants.  I guess you would describe them as workout pans with elastic waistband and elastic at the cuffs.  After my surgery, my stomach seemed to "stick out" like several inches more than before the operation.  I figured it was because of all the nerves that got cut inside my stomach made it relax more.  I don't know, and I never asked a doctor.  But not one pair of my old jeans fit anymore, so I donated them all the a local church clothing bank. (Someone got some nice jeans, and no doubt appreciated them. Amen!)

So, I was hoping to find a thread with this topic of jeans. How ironic that I did.

When I wore jeans before my surgery, I found myself wearing lower and lower cuts of waists.  I not only found them more comfortable, but "women liked them too" (LOL) and they were basically what everyone was wearing.  So, I found most of my jeans at Old Navy.  They tend to have a wider assortment of low-rise or mid-rise jeans.  And you can find tons of them at thrift stores!   They were so much more comfortable the Levi's.

But my question now, since I've not worn a pair of jeans or slacks since my urostomy, is this: if you fellow ostomates are able to wear belts, is your bag still inside your pants?  I often wonder this, because I've found even some elastic waistbands tend to squeeze off the bag so much that it doesn't drain.

Another question I was wondering about is what do you MEN do at work?  What if you have a job that requires a certain uniform?  And maybe a belt?  And your shirt must be tucked inside?  Then what?  I truly believe this would all be too tight on my urostomy.  At one time, I tried to wear slightly looser jeans with suspenders under my shirt, but that didn't work too well.

I'll just follow this thread and see if I can gain any tips.  Thanks for your time.
These are the top 5 issues ostomates face:

1. Dating and relationships
2. Concealing the pouch
3. Foods to eat and avoid
4. Losing or gaining weight
5. Pouch ballooning

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Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:29 pm
Hi Ya Sweede, as I read in your post about the under ware, I'm assuming they are for men and women, I have never heard of them, I just wear regular briefs and roll the band down the width of the elastic, What would be the difference between mine and what you speak of. I find boxer type just too much material. Appreciate a little info. Ed
Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:33 pm
gutenberg wrote:
Hi Ya Sweede, as I read in your post about the under ware, I'm assuming they are for men and women, I have never heard of them, I just wear regular briefs and roll the band down the width of the elastic, What would be the difference between mine and what you speak of. I find boxer type just too much material. Appreciate a little info. Ed

Hi Ed, had this bookmarked, sorry to butt in as it were!
Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:16 pm
gutenberg wrote:
Hi Ya Sweede, as I read in your post about the under ware, I'm assuming they are for men and women, I have never heard of them, I just wear regular briefs and roll the band down the width of the elastic, What would be the difference between mine and what you speak of. I find boxer type just too much material. Appreciate a little info. Ed

Wooshka Who needs underwear
Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:50 pm
Hey Ed, that link will give you an idea about all the specs n stuff, but in reality they are actually quite impressive, well i think so lol.

The difference between the Comfizz and conventional underware is that you can pull them up over your pouching system without having to walkaround all day with a wedgie! (if you don't know what a wedgie is, then please refer to the following link, most informative

They don't have a waist band so they sit comfortably over the pouch line and cling to the body without restricting pouch flow, so there's no need to have the pouch hanging over the top of your underwear, which eliminates that dreaded fear that your knicker elastic is gonna peel the pouch off from underneath you and spill it's contents down your leg in a supermaket queue.

One thing that i have noticed actually, is that i don't put my hand down to my waist band to check if my pouch is still stuck smooth as often any more, which is pretty cool, they are like an added tool that is gently keeping your pouch pressed on.

There is only one flaw in my opinion, i have a colostomy as well as an indiana pouch, and sometimes i don't always drink as much water as i should, which makes my poo a bit firm, kinda like blowing an egg down a hose pipe,,,, well not quite as bad, but anyway the Comfizz cling to the body too much to allow the offender to drop naturally, needs a bit of help, but sometimes thats a good thing, gets you through the supermarket queue with no worries i guess.

Yeh so if you want a few pairs, PM me your size ( only got m/l and l/xl i think, in both unisex boxers and ladies briefs left. Check for your size on the link that lottage gave you, couple that with your address and 'lli get a few pairs off to you a.s.ap

Hairball, guess some of that answer was for you too and with the uniform thing, a white pair wouldn't show up through your shirt, you could have them up to your belly button if you needed them to, trousers on, shirt tucked in, regulation belt/buckle might be an issue. I move about all day (sometimes lol) and rarely get a kink in the wafer these days.
I'll send some over to you, your still at the same address?, how did you get on with those pouches by the way?, any good?, coz i got hundreds of them here for ya dude, get in touch.x
Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:20 pm
Hi Ed!!
I wear jeans every day. I have had my colostomy since 20 Oct 09. My belly is still very swollen from all the surgeries, so it isnt as flat as Id like.
I wear a mid rise, boot cut jean, not super low but not mom jeans. I wear a belt all the time or the jeans slip and all this is right across the middle of my stoma and bag. The only thing, if I wear any that are a little tight, it hurts the stoma area.
I wear my bag under my underwear actually and i still wear thongs. lmao I refuse to let this get at me in my clothing!
Good luck and I hope this helped a little.
Past Member
Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:05 pm
Hi Gang I going to jump in here and say that they have made many strides over the years with Ostomy Bags. Unfortunately my Dad had an Ostomy bag til his death in 1989 and it resembled a hot water bottle with a drain at the bottom. As far as the location of your stoma, It seems like many people did not discuss the location with their surgeon prior to surgery. Mine is about 3" below my belt line and Jeans are not a problem. I do try to wear loose fit jeans to keep pancaking to a minimum. But for the grace of God I am happy just be alive and well enough to live life. Remember we all got a second chance in life, and its to short to squabble over petty things like Jeans. There are more important things in life to consider.
Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:13 pm
Thumbs up to
still wearring thongs!!!!!Smile
Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pm
Txgirl wrote:
Gentlemen, gentlemen...let's not squabble here, I shall be the clear head ...I will correct you BOTH...It's the Professional Bull Riders  ( PBR for short ) then there is the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and there is also a Professional Rodeo Cowgirl Association...just FYI

I'll also add that MMSH was very funny, it made me laugh out loud, actually.

For the record, MMSH was kidding, unless you fit into one of the categories he wrote about; how could you get offended? ARE you a satan worshipper? Are you a leftist, communist democrat? Are you a 60's throw back hippie?
My point being, we all have so much difficult bullshit to deal with on a daily basis, why fuss about a few joking words on a forum. Seriously, I am so F***ing sick to death of everyone getting so offended at the dumbest shit. Let it go and lets all have a good time.


Go TX Girl!!
Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:09 am
Hi sweede

I am very interested in the Comfizz ostomy underwear you mentioned in your blogg.
I have never heard of them but would like to try them out, I am a size medium and would like it in black, can you help?

Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:11 am
lmao   to Gran & y'all both!
Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:16 pm
I too am interested in trying the underwear....size XL I guess...thanks, how do I go about getting them...thank you in advance...Judy
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:36 pm
Hey feelling goog and tiger, No worries, send me a message with a postal address and i'll send you each a few pairs courtesy of the foundation, i have both sizes mentioned.

If either of you cannot send private messages, then have a wee look at my profile page, somewhere on there is  the address of my website (sorry i've been roasted on here before for writing it in a post).

There is a "contact us" link on the top left of my website, you can send it to me that way, or if you wish you can sign up (freely), and leave a postal address in my inbox.
Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:58 pm
hi sweede

Having a problem clicking on your profile, so please send me the link so I can contact you.

I am not a full member so that could be the reason.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:11 am
I wanna see Tx in a thong  rurowl lmao
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:17 am
I sent you a message with my contact details tiger.x
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:51 pm
#1gran wrote:
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.

Well, I started wearing jeans again, found them at walmart
Riders, no gap comfort waist band
bought both the reg. and
rise and they fit fine.
cost $14.00

Riders though are the only ones that fit comfortable
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:35 am
I've decided to wear paint on jeans. i figure no one would notice that I'm actually naked and if they did I could say i,m airing my poobag, lmao
Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:31 pm
hi all
i ve just bought new jeans from D2 and next,not low rise but def not mum jeans they sit comfy on the waist and don't squash my stoma,i have also tried the comfizz underwear but found them too restrictive in not allowing the poo to drop into the pouch,ialso thought they were really old fashioned and like texasgirl wear thongs as long as they;re not tiny they cover the pouch and stop it from flapping about,i think it;s important to feel sexy and feminine still and whatever floats your boat is what you should wear we may all have stoma's but it should't stop you from wearing what you feel good in.
happy new year to you all from snowy scotland!
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:31 pm
Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:43 pm
Txgirl wrote:

I'll wear em if you do hehehe
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:54 am
you naughty monkey...i love my men naughty...
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:10 pm
Txgirl wrote:
you naughty monkey...i love my men naughty...

Ruhrowl,, I can do that
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:05 pm
I'm all for comfort ... but paint on jeans? Too darned cold here and all our rain would just wash them off!

As all my pre-surgery jeans are huge, I had to get shopping. Still wear one of my old big pairs around the house and it looks like I should have somebody else in them with me!

I love clothes and love to shop; my ostomy and losing 30 lbs have given me a great reason to get out there!

Recently found one very stylish and comfy (but $pendy) pair - Fidelity Denim Brand.
In the photo - on that tall, slim, long waisted model, they look like they sit fairly low. On me with my shorter waist/torso, the waist band sits at the very top of my appliance (not quite completely passed the appliance, so not quite at my natural waist). There is a bit of squish-on-pouch happening, but output still occurs. I'm thinking this is because my output is watery/or soft pudding (ileostomy) ... more solid poos might have trouble with this level of waistband "tightness". These are my dress jeans ... and if I gain any weight ... I'll be passing them along to someone else

Another good jean, and lower priced, was the Gap Long and Lean  For anyone who is short-waisted, this waist will probably sit just at the top end (or higher) than your appliance. I didn't buy these yet but will, they fit great).

I tried on some elastic-waisted jeans ... yes, the waist felt comfortable (many elastic waisted-jeans sit right at the waist - so past the ostomy) , but they just didn't look right on me. Didn't fit well in the bum or legs (too much fabric/too loose). If anyone has tried on this type of jean and knows of a brand that is slimmer through the legs and butt, please let me know.

The days of the super low-waisted jean seems to be fading ... lots of higher waist styles out there. I love to shop and live in jeans.  Shall I share my future experiences with styles/brands, etc?

Re underwear ... ladies, just give these a try if your store carries them. They are fabulous. Pre-surgery, i used to wear the bikini style, now the Hip Briefs work perfectly The fabric is lovely and takes up no room. The waistband sits at the top end of my appliance.  I tried many other panties, but this silky, light, supportive fabric is great. Holds my appliance against my body without being too tight. And the no-panty-line promis is true.

Hope this helps,
Super Shopper Beatrice!
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:11 pm
I like my jeans crumpled up on the floor.....lmao
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:11 pm
Thats the whole idea beatrice,, nekked in the room jus me and Hannah,, watchin our jeans wash off
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:13 pm
..omg, you ARE gonna get us banned!! lmfao...i laughed so hard i almost popped my bag off!!
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:13 pm
Txgirl wrote:
I like my jeans crumpled up on the floor.....lmao
and my jeans crumpled on top of em
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:14 pm
Txgirl wrote:
..omg, you ARE gonna get us banned!! lmfao...i laughed so hard i almost popped my bag off!!

Oh no you be in da shit now hahaha
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:15 pm
...and us crumpled on top of THAT.... P.S. not us crumpled on top of shit...lmao..had to clarify that.....

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