Dressing with an Ostomy: A Guide for Ladies (Part 3)

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Welcome to part three of the lady’s guide to dressing with an ostomy!

In this part, I’ll be covering undergarments, intimacy wear, swimwear, and more!


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Intro

Both men and women tend to be more self-conscious about their bodies after surgery.

We often become ashamed of our scars or the appliance we now have to wear, but this isn’t something you need to burden yourself with!

As these next few sections will show you, an ostomy doesn’t have to dampen your sexiness or comfort!

Intimacy / Lingerie / Undergarments

From sexy time to sexy all the time, there are a lot of ways to feel comfortable with next to no clothes on!

Alternative Ana products
The Canadian company Alternative Ana (http://www.alternativeana.com/) has some beautiful undergarments.

While you can find ostomy undergarments and lingerie made for ostomates, there’s no harm in improvising.

Confidence is key, regardless of what you’re wearing, so love your body – scars, stoma and all!
Intimacy can be tough with your new sidekick, but some lingerie and an understanding partner can go a long way in bringing back your self-confidence.Marcie Felner
Women’s Briefs from Awestomy
Women’s Briefs from Awestomy
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Ostomy Lingerie – Garter Belt
Ostomy Lingerie – Garter Belt
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Intimate Wear - Beth Belle Aire
Intimate Wear – Beth
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Cotton Panty – Black
Cotton Panty – Black
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Ostomy Lingerie
Ostomy Lingerie
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Ostomy Lingerie – Black
Ostomy Lingerie – Black
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Lingerie Example – Purple
Lingerie Example – Purple
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Polyester Panty – OstomySecrets
Polyester Panty – OstomySecrets
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Ostomy Lingerie
Ostomy Lingerie
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TomboyX’s Bobbie Boxer Briefs are a lifesaver! They prevent chafing and let you be more active. With women’s underwear, chaffing was always a big problem until I discovered these.

Great everyday wear, super comfy, and unlike pouch cover belts, they won’t slip off the mark. Can even cycle comfortably in them!Allison Oskin (Instagram @postmark.owl)

For a guide on sex and intimacy when you’ve got an ostomy, check out THIS article and video.

Sleepwear

Anything goes for sleepwear! From shorts to nightgowns, as long as you feel comfortable, go for it!

If you find that your pouch tugs when you’re sleeping, a support wrap can help you feel more secure.
2 Piece Pyjamas
2 Piece Pyjamas
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Nightgown
Nightgown
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Swimwear

You can (and should) have fun at the beach or pool, so have a look at what these beautiful ladies wear, and see if something catches your eyes.

Ostomy Swimwear example – Blue
Ostomy Swimwear example – Blue
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One Piece Swimsuit – Laura
One Piece Swimsuit – Laura
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Bikini – Keely
Bikini – Keely
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Bikini in Jamaica – Marcie
Bikini in Jamaica – Marcie
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Ostomy Swimwear Example – Navy
Ostomy Swimwear Example – Navy
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Swimwear Cover-Up
Swimwear Cover-Up
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Swimwear example – Cherries
Swimwear example – Cherries
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Swimwear Example – One Piece
Swimwear Example – One Piece
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Swimwear Example – Red
Swimwear Example – Red
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One Piece w/ Shorts
One Piece w/ Shorts
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Swimwear Example – Pink Polka Dots
Swimwear Example – Pink Polka Dots
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One-piece: These can conceal your entire appliance while offering support at the same time. Amazon.com has quite a few one-piece swimsuits on sale.

High Cut: More revealing than a one-piece, high cut bottoms can also offer some concealment and pouch support. You can also find these on Amazon.com.

Bikini bottoms: These don’t allow for concealment, but don’t let that stop you from wearing them! I’ve seen some ladies wear pouch covers, while others choose to let their bag hang out.

Do what makes YOU feel most comfortable.

My friend Stephanie, from The Stolen Colon, has a great video and article on options for swimwear. You can watch her video below, or check out your article HERE.

https://youtu.be/9ycHbcxzi1c

Activewear

Just because you have a stoma, doesn’t mean you can’t be active! I’ve seen so many lady ostomates achieve some pretty amazing physical feats; from running marathons to body building, they aren’t slowed down by their appliance (and neither should you!).

Here are some examples of athletic wear, but keep in mind that if you play contact sports or expect strikes to your stoma, you may want to consider wearing a stoma guard under your clothes.

The most common options tend to be high waisted gym pants or yoga pants, which can be found nearly anywhere

High-Waisted Gym Pants – Keely
High-Waisted Gym Pants – Keely
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Hiking Apparel – Karin
Hiking Apparel – Karin
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High Gym Pants – Keely
High Gym Pants – Keely
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Running Shorts
Running Shorts
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Purple Gym Pants – Keely
Purple Gym Pants – Keely
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Maternity Wear

I wore a lot of leggings with oversized shirts/sweaters because I was pregnant in the fall and winter. Maternity clothes were awesome at hiding my ostomy because they have a lot of prints and the attention is drawn away from the ostomy and more towards your belly. I think my biggest concern was random strangers touching my stomach but I wore a lot of open cardigans on top of my clothes and kept my hands on my stomach in public so other people wouldn’t.Colleen Zavodny
If you’d like to contribute photos or tips to this section, please contact me.

Feeling Good Yet?

Not much needs to be said here! There are so many confident, beautiful women who won’t let their appliance get in the way of feeling sexy!

While it can be hard at first to bare more skin after surgery, but know that you can do it!

In part four you’ll hear what these ladies have to say about their appliance as they share more tips and advice to dressing up (or down) with an ostomy!

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