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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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!
While you can find ostomy undergarments and lingerie made for ostomates, there’s no harm in improvising.
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)
Anything goes for sleepwear! From shorts to nightgowns, as long as you feel comfortable, go for it!
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.
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.
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
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!