A great pouch cover can add style and comfort to your ostomy appliance, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to wear.
I was asked by C&S Ostomy Pouch Covers to review three styles of their pouch covers, which they sent to me at no extra cost. This has not influenced my opinions about these covers.
About C&S Pouch Covers
C&S Ostomy Pouch Covers offers a vast assortment of bag covers, but in this review, I’ll be covering two different styles of their men’s covers, as well as a quick dry cover that anyone can use.
While I’ve used the men’s covers, C&S offers pouch covers for women and children, too. From what I can tell, only the patterns are different (and the children’s sizes are smaller).
I love that their covers are available in a range of patterns, including ones with cheeky sayings on them. While I’m not a coffee drinker, their “Contents: Coffee of the day” cover caused me to laugh at the inside joke.
Their standard covers are made of a cotton and poly blend, and are 100% machine washable (I still prefer to hand wash these, however).
The quick dry covers are made of a terry cloth material, and they’re designed to help dry your appliance after a shower (or other watch activity) by absorbing excess moisture.
All of their standard covers come with an option to have them made with an open end (at an additional cost). This option comes in handy if you use a drainable bag, and the company says they recommend them to urostomates who empty their appliance through a spout.
These pouch covers are made to fit your particular appliance’s flange size and pouch length. I find that as long as I stay consistent with my appliance size, I’m able to wear different bands with the same cover.
I also find that it doesn’t matter whether I’m using a 1pc or 2pc appliance, as the covers fit nicely on either.
If you’re interested in having your pouch cover altered, the company can accommodate, although it may be at an extra cost.
Using the Quick Dry Cover
Because of the unique characteristics of the quick dry cover, you’ll only want to use them when you need a convenient way to dry your appliance after a shower or swimming.
The thickness and bulkiness also make it hard to wear while going out since it’s quite obvious under clothing. Realistically, though, use the standard pouch covers if you’re looking for everyday wear, not the quick dry covers.
To use the quick dry cover, you slip one on after getting out of a shower (or pool) and go on with the rest of your routine.
The cover will absorb excess moisture and keep your pouch dryer than leaving it to air dry in a shorter amount of time.
If you are wearing an opaque pouch (no fabric covering) or if you dry your appliance with a hair drier, this quick dry cover is likely going to be unnecessary.
I’ve worn both the closed and open end pouch covers for several weeks now, and they’ve worked well for me.
Both styles are comfortable, and fit my appliances well, but my preference leans me to the closed pouch cover.
While an open end can be convenient, I find that because it doesn’t close shut with Velcro or buttons, it just dangles around and exposes the outlet of my bag too much for my personal liking.
I also find that it makes emptying my bag a little more cumbersome as it takes some extra care to make sure that the bottom of the pouch cover doesn’t get soiled as I’m emptying my bag.
That said, it’s so easy to remove the cover and put it back on that I don’t mind doing it every time I empty my bag.
These covers can keep a very low profile depending on the appliance used, but 1-piece bags will be the flattest.
I have noticed that the “off the shelf” size of these covers do tend to run wider and longer than my appliance which gives the appearance of being bulkier. Remember, you can have these covers altered to your liking (possibly at an additional cost) if you do want them to fit more snuggly with your appliance.
At the time of this writing (July 2016), these pouch covers can be purchased for US$14.95 each, plus the cost of postage. C&S will ship internationally, although the postage will vary depending on your location and how many covers you have on the order.
The pouch covers from C&S are high-quality and work as I’d expect. While my preference is for the closed covers, urostomates would appreciate the convenience of using the open end covers.
There are advantages to using the quick dry covers, although they may not be as useful or convenient to all ostomates.
If you’d like more information about these pouch covers, please visit: cspouchcovers.com