You are lucky to be a lady! Smart, strong, beautiful, and you’ve got a heck of a lot of clothing options!
This four part guide will give you ideas on how to dress with an ostomy. It will also inspire you!
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Disclaimer: I’ll be mentioning many brands in this guide, but they have only been included for your convenience. NONE have been added because of sponsorship or paid endorsement.
While many ladies can certainly wear their favorite clothes without too much trouble, there are a few useful options that can come in handy in certain situations. None of these are necessary for an ostomate, but they can improve your quality of life.
If you have a stoma that’s at or near your belt line, you might find that a stoma guard can come in handy with certain outfits.
In addition, they are extremely useful for protecting your stoma during sport, seat belts or unexpected impact (like from kids or pets).
Because stoma guards come in many shapes and sizes, not all will be suitable for wearing under light clothing, so it’s important to do some research and ask questions before ordering one. I’ve put together many reviews, including ones for stoma guards, which you can find HERE.
Offering more support than wraps or bands, support garments are often custom made to each ostomate’s requirement.
These can include products like the Stealth Belt or the “Eh-Ok” products, both of which I’ve reviewed. There are other products available, but they may only be sold in certain countries.
Ostomy Support Wraps and Bands
I’m a big fan of ostomy wraps, not only because of their simplicity but because they do a great job supporting and concealing an ostomy appliance.
Along with wraps come support garments, and Comfizz is one company that has a lot to offer. You can see below just how awesome a few of their products are.
Sue is another fan of Comfizz:
If you prefer, you can even use maternity bands (like the Bellaband) to achieve similar cover and support. Maternity bands tend to be less expensive, but don’t have an inner pocket to hold your pouch.
Mostly used for fun or to hide the contents of a clear pouch, pouch covers are most often made by individuals who have an ostomy, although commercial pouch covers are available.
As Bethany states below, they can also be useful in helping to disguise a dangling pouch.
If you’re the crafty type, you can even design and make your own pouch covers, just as my friend Meg has done below!
Seat Belt Covers
While not a necessity for driving, these can be useful if you have a stoma that gets squished by your seat belt (like mine does).
While I haven’t seen many brands of seat belt covers being sold for ostomates, they are around if you look hard enough. I reviewed one called the Comfee Drive, and it’s an accessory I use every time I’m in the car; although when I’m wearing a stoma guard, I don’t have to one.
But there’s more!
While these accessories can be incredibly helpful, you’re still going to want to wear clothes during the day, right? Great, because I’ll be covering clothing options in part two and three, as well as more tips in part four, so I’ll see you there!