Ostomy Information Just For You
Nutrition Therapy for Ostomates
Have you had a colostomy, ileostomy, or colectomy? Learn how small adjustments to your diet can make a big difference in your wellness.
Sexual Health for Ostomates
Having a stoma does not mean sexual functioning stops. Here are some tips to keep in mind after your ostomy surgery.
Physical Activity for Ostomates
Exercise is one of the healthiest things for the body- ostomates included. Find out more about how to ease back into workouts, some suggested physical activities, and some abdomen specific exercises to help build up the core.
Ostomy Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get your stoma and ostomy appliance wet?
YES! You can shower with or without your bag, swim, and be in the water without damaging your stoma or your ostomy device
Will my pouch be obvious so that everyone can see my ostomy?
NO! Although it may feel like your bag is visible, that is not usually the case. There are varieties of accessories, appliances, and clothing options to help you conceal your ostomy.
Can I rinse/reuse ostomy pouches?
NO! NEVER rinse or reuse your product! This can lead to infection and excess bacteria (similar to washing a disposable diaper), making you very ill.
Does having an ostomy mean I will constantly deal with its odor?
NO! Ostomy appliances are made for odor prevention. Many have a built-in filter to remove odor. There are also deodorants, drops, and odor neutralizers that can be added to the pouch.
Can women with ostomies still get pregnant?
Having a stoma does not affect fertility. HOWEVER, the condition that led to your surgery might be a factor.
Will intimacy be an issue?
NO! You are still able to get physically intimate with your partner. Make sure to discuss any concerns with them, empty your pouch beforehand, and don't be ashamed! There are also clothing options to help conceal/secure your pouch for more comfort. Learn more.
Can I work with an ostomy?
YES! Ostomates are able to work in almost all settings- from construction sites to board rooms and just about everything in between. Depending on your situation, having an ostomy should not limit your ability to work.
Can I fly with an ostomy pouch or will the pressure in the plane inflate the bag?
YES! Plane rides (and any other form of travel) are completely safe for ostomates.
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