Anybody use the pouch covers?

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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody use the ostomy pouch covers?  I know they have products that can hide it for men.  It kind of looks like a cumberbun.  Can women wear them also.  I'm having a hard time wearing jeans with my ileostomy.  My jeans go right over the stoma.  I don't want to block the stoma.  Also my bag does not lay flat against my body like the companies claim.  Wutz up with that.  What do you guys do to "hide" your ostomies and what kind of jeans do you wear.  I have a temp loop ileostomy and I'm waiting for my reversal.  It cannot come so enough.  I think i'm going to have to wear a size bigger in my jeans just so my pants fit over my bag.  Should i get low rise jeans.  HELP!!!  I'm a young woman (26) and I want to look cute.  Somebody help me.

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   Posted Yesterday 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have used them but don't anymore.  My appliance keeps the waistband off my stoma and I have never had a problem (doesn't block it) with it...does it hurt, or are you just worried?  I wear many different "rises" of depends on how I want to LOOK that day, I don't make it about my ileo.  Does your pouch not stay flat because of air?  Do you use a pouch with a filter?
Some people use types of "tube tops" to conceal their ileos...I have a bunch, but cannot remember their names...maybe someone will be along with it!!  Also, you could wear low rise jeans and cover your pouch with a tank top under your shirt...the ones with spandex can help to keep it flat.
I hope this helps, even though your ileo is temporary, you definately want to be comfortable with it!  Good Luck and let us know what you end up doing:)

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   Posted Yesterday 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
the top of my pouch tends to pop out a bit when the bottom fills up and sags. i tape the top to my skin with 2 pieces of take and that helps keep it flat. also i wear tight tank tops under my shirts to help keep everything smooth. i admit i dont wear a lot of the clothes i used to because they're a little too clingy. i bought a bunch of baggier tops that are in style now and they work for me. as far as jeans, i dont have a problem because my stoma is way above where my jeans go. i wear low rise jeans, so they sit on my hips not my stomach. my stoma is exactly at the level of my belly button, and i never worse jeans that go that high anyway so i dont have any issues with that. hope that helps a little! it's a lot of trial and error until you find something that works for you.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll tuck a tank top into my low rise jeans and then wear another one untucked. The combination of the two completely hides the pouch. I also like to wear babydoll tops, which are stylish and hide the pouch, too. Hope that helps!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear a bella band which is for pregnant women. Its an elastic tube top meant to go over the belly.
This helps to keep my pouch flat.
My stoma is level with my belly button and I find when I wear lower rise jeans and my pouch has a bit of air it puffs up on top of my waist line.
The bella bands work great for this as they keep it flat.
They are expensive but you may be able to find a knock off brand on ebay.
I also started wearing more black as its the best color to mask the pouch, and layer all my shirts. That way if it does show a bit it just looks like my tank top is wrinkled underneath.
hope this helps you... I do miss shopping for form fitting shirts and do have to spend extra time looking for just the right fabric, color and fit.
Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6 12+ months.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
By reading this I guess I am the only one whose bag fits completely under their pants...? :)

I made my surgeon place my stoma pretty low, so that my stoma would fit under my pants and I would not have to wear high-waisted pants.

I cannot wear the really low-rise jeans (they hit right at my stoma), but I can wear mid-rise (Anne Taylor Loft "mid-rise" jeans are great and look very good! I am 27 and also want to look good!! :)

Seeing my bag through my clothes has never been a problem since the whole thing is in my pants!!

It takes me longer to find clothes that I think look good, but I would rather have to shop longer than have pain all the time!!


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   Posted 10/1/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i wear the brand stamp 10 jeans from kohls' they are super cute, lowrise and the best thing is they are sized weird, so i can wear a 6, lol. 
But i also tape my bag down, i just tape the top part that does come over the waistband to my stomach.  I dont' wear anything else to hide it, i wear undies that hold it in, the boy shorts from flirtitude at JCPenneys, super cute and affordable, they come in lots of colors and styles, but i think the boy shorts or hipsters work best.
I also wear everything i wore before, and other stuff, i wear skirts, i got a really cute plaid skirt outfit, looks kind of like a school girl outfit, lol.  I wore it out, noone noticed a thing. 
In fact noone has noticed anything at all.
You can wear a belly band, you can cut the legs off a pair of hose and wear that to help hold it in, you can tape the whole thing down.
the best thing to do is to just check it to see if it is getting full and keep it emptied regularly although unless you let it get really full noone would notice anyway.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
LittleE said...
By reading this I guess I am the only one whose bag fits completely under their pants...? :)

I think I have a pretty short torso, so my stoma nurse (she's the one who drew the pre-op dot) couldn't make my stoma any lower or it would be in my pelvic region. Another thing about having a short torso, the bag seems bigger because it takes up more of my body proportionately than it does on taller people. If I wanted to wear pants over my stoma it would be Steve Urkle style. Super sexy, haha.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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