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Tucking in or leaving bag to hang?

Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:50 pm
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I've only had my ostomy around two months. I am an elementary teacher of 30 4th graders so I am pretty active throughout the day.

I wear mostly leggings with tunic-length shirts and have been letting my bag hang outside my pants, yet under my shirt.  Some if my pre-surgery shirts are not long enough to hide the bag so I can't wear them. I feel like my leggings are a bit too tight to tuck the bag into and am afraid they won't let the poop flow down into the bag right. I can't afford a whole new wardrobe and am supposed to be reversed this year anyway.

My ostomy in relation to my pants line is such that the waistband is right at the middle of the bag. I wonder if I should be tucking it in. BTW I use the skinny stretchy Hollister belt just for security so I don't feel the bag will come off if starting to get full.

Any thoughts? How do you all prefer to "wear" your bags?

Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:54 pm

I was lucky and I got to choose where my ostomy bag is. They plotted out two marks and I chose the one lower down . I wear leggings, tight jeans, dresses, crops tops, etc. However I also wear high waisted pants and leggins to avoid the issue of it hitting my bag weird and I wear high waisted underwear and sometimes use an ostomy wrap.  I tuck my bag in it just feels more natural to me. It sounds like to me your bag is too long. I do not wear the 12" bags for that reason and a few other reasons. My ileostomy is low output so a 12" bag is overkill for me, my frame doesn't look right with a bag that big, and because my ostomy is so low with a 12" bag it no joke hits mid thigh on me. So I use a mini, drainable, convex, one-piece, opaque bag. It is 7" long and is perfect for me and my needs. However there are more size options then just 12" and 7" inches. Many bags come in a Midi option where it is about 9-10" long which will probably solve a lot of you issues without making the bag too small.  Also making sure all your pants, underwear, and leggings are high waisted and that solves the issues of coming across the bag weird

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Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Are you ili or colo? I am colo and ware a bandeau, mostly as a cover but it does offer some leakage protection.

Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:30 pm

I definitely tuck into undies, honestly wouldn't feel comfortable letting it all hang out, sounds like an accident waiting to happen!  Particularly if it's a drainable pouch, those closures aren't always reliable.  Probably depends if you're colo or ileo though, would make a difference in what's coming out and what kind of bag you use. I also position my pouch on a slight diagonal so it doesn't hang down.

Like Maddie said, high-waisted is the way go, they give a smooth line to whatevever clothes you wear over the top.  

Have always worn "granny-style" or "bridget jones" knickers anyway, even before surgery, comfort is key!  And apparently they are in vogue at the moment (see below), who would have thought! :-)


Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:53 pm

I was discussing this with hubby and my colostomy is so high, my "high-waisted" pants would be way too high!  LOL.  The high-waisted pants aren't an option.  I don't think they make pants that high. ha ha 

I have a drainable pouch so I put tension clips (office supplies) on the end.  

Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:51 am

I've had an ileo for a couple of years and have not once tucked it in. When I had a colo 15 years ago, I was heavier(190) and could tuck it in. Now I am much skinnier(135) and can not tuck it in. The waist of my pants go right over my stoma. I worked in a law office and never once tucked my shirt in, what a look!

I told my wife that even if we go to a formal event I will still havee to have my shirt untucked. Life is interesting!

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