Ostomysecrets is a big name when it comes to clothing made for ostomates. Undergarments, swimwear and wraps are their specialty, and they have some of the most well-made products around. I had the pleasure of receiving their Unisex Classic Wrap as a complimentary gift following their webinar titled “Putting the Pieces Together After Ostomy Surgery” back in early April. I’ve heard such great things about their products, but since shipping is limited to the United States and a few European countries, I never had the opportunity to buy any of their products before.
Ostomysecrets offers this product in sizes XXS to XXXL, so every ostomate should be able to find their perfect fit. I’m an “in-between” size and Ostomysecrets suggests that I go with a smaller size if I plan on using the wrap with activity or a size up for everyday wear, so I went with the size up, since I wasn’t planning to use this wrap during exercise. This wrap is offered in four different colours: Tan, white, lite (which looks like a denim blue) and black. I decided to go with a tan-coloured wrap, since I have a few that are already white or black.
The product is made form a blend of microfiber and spandex, which feels quite nice, and the stitching is high-quality throughout the entire product. It it stretchy, comfortable and wicks away sweat (like active wear does). One excellent feature about this wrap is that it has two pockets on the inside to place your ostomy pouch into (or pouches if you have two ostomies). This keeps the pouch close to your body and contained. If you’ve ever used a maternity band, or a band not designed for an ostomy appliance, you’ll quickly realize that the bottom of the pouch often “peeks” out from the bottom of the wrap. This completely defeats the purpose of concealing your pouch and makes wearing a wrap quite annoying. I’m happy to say that the Classic Wrap does not have this problem at all, and as a matter of fact, if you’re wearing a short top, the wrap does an excellent job in making things look as natural (and fashionable) as possible.
There was very little riding up or bunching when I wore this while driving, while out running errands, for daily activities and during intimacy. The only issue I had was when my pouch began to fill, I’d have to manually push the stool down since the pouch seems to get pinched off because of the pocket design (keep in mind that my wrap was one size up, so it wasn’t tight by any means). This isn’t a huge deal if you’re keeping your pouch empty throughout the day, but if you don’t have easy access to a bathroom, it can get a bit annoying to micromanage something like that. That said, emptying the pouch is very easy, and you simply remove the pouch from the wrap’s pocket (no need to take off the entire wrap) and then put it back in when you’re done. I had no issues wearing it while sleeping either, although I don’t normally tend to wear wraps to bed.
Here are some photos of the Classic Wrap:
At the time of this review (May 2014), the Classic Wrap sells for US$29.99 and shipping is a reasonable flat rate of $6 within the USA. As I mentioned earlier, this product also ships to several European countries, but you’ll want to check the Ostomysecrets website for pricing and shipping details. I’ve been told that they are working on getting shipping to Canada in the near future. You may be able to get these wraps covered by your insurance company, so check with them before making your purchase.
I don’t have any major complaints about this product. The price is a touch on the high-side, but it compares with similar ostomy wraps and high-quality maternity bands, and the reasonable shipping rate more than makes up for it.
You can find the Classic Wrap, along with other ostomy wear at https://www.ostomysecrets.com/