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VeganOstomy
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October 20, 2015 7:05 am  

Let's discuss clothing options for ladies!

My written article contains many examples of clothing options that were provided by real women who have an ostomy.

You can check them out by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Jene
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October 21, 2015 1:58 am  

Awesome article!!! Been waiting for the women's guide for a while now! Well worth the wait.
My tip is the same as most of the ladies, Comfort first, stretchy camis, high waisted undies and high waisted pants. I've used spanx under dresses which helped keep things tucked in. However that was only after several weeks post surgery. I discovered the clothes I could tolerate after surgery was different than several weeks later. I avoided anything tight and high waisted. I favoured low waisted and very loose tops. As a colostomate I can irrigate and not have any activity for the rest of the day so I could use a stoma cap - which I do on occasion. But I find they stick out more than a 2 piece. So if I am wearing something tight and want to keep a lower profile I tend to use the 2 piece. Keep in mind I'm 43 and gave birth to 9lb and 11lb babies so my belly sticks out which doesn't help! :)


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October 21, 2015 2:02 am  

Great tips! Thanks for reading, and sorry for the wait!! =)


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October 25, 2015 10:18 am  

Terrific article!! Most comprehensive article on the subject of fashion I've seen. Congratulations on all of the hard work and hours it takes to put together this article. I'm looking forward to exploring the many clothing and ostomy accessories suggestions. Thank you


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October 25, 2015 6:19 pm  

Thank you, Jo-Ann!

I know that many women were asking for something like this, so I hope it helps!


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Sarah McIlvaine
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May 17, 2016 12:19 pm  

Incredibly helpful post- and fun to read. Thank you!


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May 30, 2016 5:49 pm  

Thanks so much for the tips and the confidence you all display!


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Janis McGuire
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September 1, 2017 3:50 pm  

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me. I have fistular on my left side of my stomach. along with that I have a hernia which is growing in leaps and bounds for lack of support. I am trying to take a panty girdle and make a hole to fit the ostomy bag through. I'm not sure how to do it being the panty is elastic. Cant find an old fashioned clothing taylor anywhere. Can anyone please help me?


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VeganOstomy
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September 2, 2017 11:55 am  

Hi Janis,

You may have better luck asking this on the Community Forums: https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/

I know several people who have modified their clothing, so perhaps they can offer you some tips :)

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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October 11, 2017 4:49 pm  

Ladies, Can u wear tights, panty hose? If I do sometimes I feel like they will flatten my pouch-and possible leak so, I don't go to far.. Kinda scared... Thanks! Marcie/usa/ct/.


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October 11, 2017 5:29 pm  

Janis,
Check out a fashionable maternity store. I am sure that u can talk with a dry cleaning place that does fittings. But ask around first.. Unfortunately this is EXTRA expensive-but when it comes to alterations ? Got to do it. Even the bad places are expensive. So ask around.. A dress maker also. Try before hand a pattern of your choice. Just talk with someone and it is a show and tell trip first, but worth it. Try a cheap material first. I go with plaza pants. Also I shop the maternity store for jeans.. Be fashionable with your hair and make-up.. And don't forget your smile!!
My best to you! Marcie/usa/ct.


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January 17, 2018 3:37 am  

Hi great comments. I have 2 bags and I wear singlets so I can tuck it under the bags before I put my pants on. Also at the moment I have just been wearing cotton shorts to tuck the bags in while wearing a dress.


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Lori Spurgeon
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January 25, 2018 4:42 pm  

Hi everyone! I've had my ostomy for 8 months and am dealing with a fistula and laparotmy that is still draining. The wound nurse used burn netting to keep the abdominal pads in place since I'm sensitive to tape. My problem is I have high output from the colostomy with lots of gas. I've tried hiding the bag in the burn netting but I still end up with the bag "puffing" out from under my clothes. Anyone else have this problem?


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VeganOstomy
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January 25, 2018 4:45 pm  

Hey Lori,

I would invite you to ask the question on the community forums so others can see it easily: https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/

Posting here means that only someone who visits this specific article will see what you wrote.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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February 9, 2018 10:14 am  

THANKYOU FOR THE TIPS AND TRICKS. I WAS DONE I AUG .2017 EMERGENCY SURY STILL TRYING TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUD IT ALL BUT IM GETTING THERE . LOOKING FOR CLOTHING THAT WILL LOOK GOOD NOT EASY I READ A LOT OF STORIES . FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU ALL AND MYSELF I HAVE AN IDEA WHAT IM LOOKING FOR . THINK ILL TRY WALMART MIGHT BE WAY CHEAPER THEN . BEFORE I DISH OUT A LOT OF MONY . GL ALL .


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Susan Shannon
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March 15, 2018 1:52 am  

Did anyone ever buy the Ostomy under pants and does it work well to conceal the bag ?


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VeganOstomy
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March 15, 2018 1:20 pm  

Hi Susan,

You may get more replies if you post the question in our community forums: https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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May 3, 2018 9:06 am  

Any tips for disguising a nighttime drainage bag? Yes, I wear these in the daytime due to having a very high output. They are the only thing that stops the leaking and blowouts...day or night. I love to wear leggings, and it's embarrassing to walk around looking like I am equipped with male "plumbing". Sorry guys...no offense meant. The issue is the spout on them. Heres' the link for the Sensura Magnum I use. As you can see, they are huge. https://www.coloplast.ca/sensura-magnum-pouch-en-ca.aspx

Crohn's Disease Diagnosis/1st emergency resection during a massively widespread blackout-August 14th/2003. Ileostomy since August 2016. Cheated death twice in 2016 during a 3 month hospital stay.


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Bubbles
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May 3, 2018 9:21 am  

my " uniform " is legging with a loose longer top . I can relax and not worry about my bag no natter how full it gets . 


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VeganOstomy
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May 3, 2018 10:03 pm  

Hi Songbringer, I'm also interested in knowing how other people who might be using those large-capacity pouches manage to support or conceal them.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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