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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Have any of you ever tried high cut underwear? I've always worn the low rise bikini type, but decided to try my first pair of high cut yesterday. They are really comfortable, and I like the way they completely hide the pouch and smooth everything out. They are cut high on the sides and are a black stretchy material, so they are actually sexy and flattering (not like those giant cotton unflattering ones).

Once when I was in the hospital, I asked my husband to bring me some underwear. Well, he decided to buy some at the grocery store (of all places!) instead of grabbing some from my drawer, and they were the giant cotton unflattering ones! I was desperate, so I wore them in the hospital, but threw them out once I got home.

I used to think all high cut undies were like those and am happy to find out they are not. I can't believe I've had an ileostomy for 3 years and have just NOW found some good undies to wear! wink
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 2/15/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
While I no longer have a temp colostomy, that was a short phase, I do have a pouch and never again, my former flat stomach. Like you I wore traditional sized underwear. Until I picked up the wrong pack of Hane's one day at Target. I prefer these high cut versions too. They are more comfortable! I agree.

Funny how we can get into a rut and resist change.

One change I think I'll have to bite the bullet on though - when my trusty, basic bra's finally wear out, I will have to switch to padded bras. Have you ever tried to find a non-padded bra? They no longer exist.....LOL. Well, they do and they're often sport bras but the non-padded ones are shoved into a tiny location. As if to say - you don't want these bras - you want padded!

Okay back to high-cut underwear and such........

Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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   Posted 2/15/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I love the high cuts also...I love the way I fold the pouch up at the bottom and it all tucks nicely in.  Plus they are not "granny panties"  (no offense to any "grannies" on the Forum...I'm a grandma

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 Reversal surgery scheduled for end of March/09

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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i didnt even know you coudl buy undies at the grocery store!

i wear the undies from jcpenneys the flirtitude brand, they are boy shorts or hipsters, and theycome up high enough to keep the bag in but have cute designs and such.

As for bras, that is crazy! i have rather large cookies, and they do not need any padding! i mean they even put paddign in the DD ones!

so what i did was buy some i liked, then ripped the seams, took the padding out and put them back together again.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG summerstorm, you make me laugh!!!!!!!!!!!that cookies comment, so true...It's hard enough to find DD's that fit the way they should...UGH!

I love my VS ones I splurged on...fistula's kept me from wearing anything pretty for YEARS that I didn't care what I paid for PRETTY! Pouch doesn't fold in but I don't care:)
btw I'm going to Target tomorrow to get some high cut ones...why not!

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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Summer, you're so funny!!  tongue  I know what you mean about padded bras. Try finding one without the underwire, too. If I find a bra I like that has underwire, I just make a small cut on the side and pull the wire out. It's just more comfortable for me without it.

Ohio, good for you! I hope you find some you like. The ones I bought are made by Maidenform.

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 2/16/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
well luckily i am not in the DD anymore, but still a 38 C is pretty big! so i cant imagine wearing one without and underwire!

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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, been wearing high cut undies ever since my surgery! My ostomy nurse actually suggested them to me as a means of "hiding" the pouch better - I was 17 when I had a temp. ileo and 23 when it became permanent.

They can be really attractive, or not. Some of mine are, and some are not. But I just feel soooo much more secure in that things are held fairly snug against my belly, and I can be a little lazy about emptying that way too! With the extra security layer, it makes it really hard to accidentally pop off the pouch, if you are wearing a 2 piece pouch and wafer. Just my 2 cents worth... but I love them.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all please pardon my ignorance as Im still learning about ileostomies etc, I dont have one as yet but looks like we will be going down that road within the next few months, but after reading your posts about hiding your ileostomies or pouches by tucking them into your underwear doesnt that restrict the flow of faecal matter into the bag? Just want to know everything I can about these things before I get the ileostomy done. Thanks all and take care

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
nope it does not restrict the flow, i suppose if your clothes very so tight you couldnt breathe youmight have a problem, but i wear control top hose and have worn some pretty tight clothes with no problem, you will just have to empty more if you wear soethign tight

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   Posted 2/18/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so happy to be having this conversation regarding panties!  I've been wondering how soon I'll be able to start putting pressure over my'll be two weeks on Friday since my surgery and though I'm pretty sore the swelling that gone way down.  I no longer look five months pregnant...just 3 1/2 maybe 4.  : )
I've been thinking about what panties would work the once my bootie back down to normal size I have about size, shape and form of fact, my mom and husband have been going through baskets of clothes in our basement (when I was pregnant and moving out of my every day clothes and into the big, stretchy and maternity clothes, I just threw things than no longer fit into baskets, shed my tears, and put them aside.  : )  So, I became super excited to see all my beautiful under garmets that I have long since forgotten!!!  Most of which I purchased pre and post lots of fun silky lacy things! 
As for the bras...I am jealous about the C, D, and DD cups.  Boo-hoo!!!  I used to be a full C and trickled into some D's, but I nursed my son and alas...the Bs are new my home.  I'm looking forward to losing my weight and going to VS and getting sized and splurge on some super cute and comfy bras!  Not to mention some nighties that are flattering to my permanent accessory.  : )
Anyway, I do enjoy this chat! 
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and Wife for almost 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!

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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I never get padded bras, I don't want to look bigger than I am, I am kind of wierd about that though like I got measured in jr high and was 36C and didnt get measured again until after high school, needless to say I was bigger. So I suggest getting measured more often, I was wearing a 36C when I was actually a 38DD (I hope thats not too much information)

@-'-- <--- thats supposed to be a rose
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!

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