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Underwear - can I keep using my comfy cotton Hanes?

Posted by MassMikMouse, on Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:47 am

Hi there

Brand new to the forum, and I have a quick question. Do I have to go out and purchase all new underwear, or can I say with my comfy cotton Hanes?

My ileal conduit surgery is scheduled for 3/6, and I believe my dx is a neurogenic bladder caused by my underlying condition of multiple sclerosis.

In advance, thank you!  

Last edited by MassMikMouse on Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:03 pm; edited 1 time in total
Reply by Bill, on Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:15 am

Hello MassMikMouse. Welcome to the forum and thanks for an interesting question which I have not come across before in writing.

I suppose it might depend on where your stoma is situated  as to whether you would need new underwear.

I recall contemplating the same issue prior to my surgery and decided I would wait and see. As it turned out I had a parastomal hernia from the outset and the stoma nurse provided some underwear to accommodated that. It was next to useless for the hernia and a hopeless fit  for the incontinence pads I used to catch the anal discharge. They were also annoying for the fact that they were obviously designed for females (with no opening at the front) so everytime I needed to pee, I had to disrobe. ( at my age - needing to pee often is a growing priority!) I went back to using the underwear that I had awlays been comfortable with and have used other methods to sort out other problems.

I hope this is helpful to you in preparing for surgery.

Best wishes


Reply by MassMikMouse, on Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:05 pm

Thank you!! I have a feeling this will be a "wait and see" type of issue.

have a good evening


Reply by Kami H., on Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:12 pm

I specifically by Hanes since my surgery.  The breifs are high enough that I can tuck my pouch in.  Good luck on your surgery!! 

Reply by MassMikMouse, on Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:52 pm

If this catheter weren't giving me so much pain right now, I would get up and do a Happy Dance! Thank you Kami!


Reply by chet8625, on Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:44 am

Being a guy I may not have the same problems that you do, but I also have an ileal conduit and being a fellow masshole I thought I'd add my two cents.

I've tried differnt types of underwear. Boxer briefs are good but sometimes put too much pressure on my pouch. Regular briefs (where the pouch can sit on the outside of the underwear) seems to work OK. Since I prefer some support of "other areas" of my anatomy, I prefer tighter underwear rather than loose boxers but you don't have that problem. Generally speaking I prefer a loose fit around the pouch itself.

Reply by renemoon51, on Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:53 pm

When I received my ostomy,I never considered new underwear,I too wear Hanes. As I get older I buy a bigger size so it will fit over my ostomy conmfortably. I do not want to creat a pancake. This is according to your diet. If you eat more fiber,it will thicken and when you lie down it can accumulate right on the inside as its coming out.You just have to experience one,to know what i mean.I still wear Hanes.

One of the shortcuts I have discovered is baby oil. I carry a small bottle of oil in my purse,and when being out and about if i Need to empty my bag,it helps to put a small amount of oil in the pouch after you empty it. It causes everything to slide out easier and you are left with a empty bag. This probably can't work for everyone,i live alone so I can have things as i need them. I always put a small amount in my bag after emptying it in the am. I still change my entire emsemble  twice a week. I call her Gertrude,and say she got a change of outfits.I don't go around talking about it,only to my daughter.I am older,75 so i don't have the romance thing to worry about,divorced for many years.

I had a bad surgeon,the operation was a success but he nearly killed my spirit by impling that my operation was my fault for contracting diverticulis.I considered a reversal,but could not bring myself to submit to another surgery by his hand.My daughter told him off one day and I have not been to another surgeon since. I have health problems but not that kind.Now,I am better off with Gertrude than without.I call her my wonder woman. Saved my life. It is a learning experience,having to clean up a blowout is sickening,sometimes worse than others. If you stain your clothing,you just want to throw it out. You can,but if you use a potion,it will come out. I use 1/3 dish soap(dawn) and 2/3 hydrogen peroxide. Wet garment,spray,allow to soak for at least 15 minutes. I wear rubber gloves until its clean, I assume you have been told how strong this feces is.Since we no longer have any colon,our feces has not been diluted and it is potent. I'm sorry,I am not explaining that well. It is not the same for everyone. I am happy and adjusted,there are some hidden blessings,no diarrhea.for one. I wish you the best of luck,when I first came home,I lived on this web site,just about. Home health nurses were available for the first two weeks,so much help,I will always admire those ladies.


Reply by anyark, on Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:33 pm

You can wear any underwear you want. I did find 

that I needed one size larger to compensate 

for the appliance. 

Reply by Ngaire, on Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm

Hi.  You can definately wear what underwear you want to wear.    The oil in the pouch is a brillant idea.  I have done it for years and it certainly makes emptying your pouch so much easier.  Though i found baby oil was breaking my pouch down around the edge where I empty it.  So I switched to olive oil and all is very good.   Cheers from New Zealaand.  Ngaire.

Reply by Rusty, on Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:02 pm

I have had an Ileo Conduit for almost ten years now, and always wear Hanes or Fruit of the Loom, whatever I want.

The pouch goes outside of the underwear anyway, and the briefs fit up to the just below the flange.

I could not put my pouch inside the briefs, as my pouch fills rather quickly, and I would not want it compressed and maybe cause a leak.

I can have leak problems easy enough without pushing my luck, besides, it would not feel right inside my briefs.

I have easy access to the pouch this way to drain several times a day. I just have my tops long enough to cover my pouch from view.

No worries. Good luck.




Reply by GraphX12, on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:22 am
Ngaire wrote:

Hi.  You can definately wear what underwear you want to wear.    The oil in the pouch is a brillant idea.  I have done it for years and it certainly makes emptying your pouch so much easier.  Though i found baby oil was breaking my pouch down around the edge where I empty it.  So I switched to olive oil and all is very good.   Cheers from New Zealaand.  Ngaire.

Hi Ngaire. The olive oil technique sounds like it would be very useful for me. I always have to use water to "wash out" my pouch when I empty it. Do you know if the oil can be detrimental if it comes in cantact with the stoma and have you ever had any issues with the oil breaking down the seal around the stoma? Thanks!

Reply by TomFTW, on Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:20 am

Hi.  I was born with spina bifida and had a neurogenic bladder since birth.  I had a urostomy (ileal conduit, Bricker) when I was 10.  Yes' you can wear any type of underwear that makes you feel more comfortable.  I prefer the "tighty whities" briefs because they fit tighter in the waist and press on the wafer to secure it better.  That works better than a belt for me.  You just need to be conscious of when it fills up and keep it from pooling around the top.  I'm 52 now and have had very few complications over the years and that's my story.  Good luck!

Reply by Ngaire, on Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:21 am


  Yes, the oil is a good ideal.  It does not affect the stoma at all or the pouch at the stoma end. Olive oil will not hurt your stoma.

The pouch I was using at the time did come unstuck  at the end you empty  but it only happened with one brand of pouch. And the olive oil certainly fixed the problem. 

You might still have to rinse your pouch out with water, as I still do,  but it is much easier .    All the best.  Ngaire.


Reply by LadyElf, on Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:01 am


Yes you can ware the underware you prefer.  I have adaped mine by sewing an additional piece of fabric to the inside of the underware, creating a holder for my pouch.

For your pouch, if you use the two piece system, you could also use pouch liners, which are easer to keep your pouch clean.  These are disposable and bio=degradable.  Simply through them in the toilet and insert a new liner for the next time. There is no mess, and keeps your pouch clean. 

The liner are called Attiva Liners.


Reply by NotDeadYet, on Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:39 am


Another tip for ostowomen -- leggings and long tops! I find any top with frills or a pattern hides bag outlines better than plain fabrics.  I also wear shawls more often than coats. . . it's pretty easy to reach in and check my bag under a shawl without anyone noticing!



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