Somedude, if your stoma is above the beltline you can rotate the bag sideways and keep it completely outside the pants as well.
I guess for women the definition of "beltline" has a lot more variation... I have pants that are below the stoma as well as pants that go above it. I do like having the entire thing under my beltline since the flow into the bag isn't restricted, however because my pants tend to be on the tighter side I worry more about
the waistband slipping down onto the stoma and cutting off the circulation (my low rise pants would never ride up onto it so I don't have to worry about
that). I think above or below the beltline matters a lot less than just making sure it isn't near a crease in your abdomen that could lead to a poor seal.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: butyrate
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13