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Active with a stoma
Swimming is not just fun, but is also a great way to stay fit. It is a low-impact activity that can be wonderful for your health; you can do it your whole life, even with a stoma. But for many who have a new stoma, going swimming can be a challenge. Fear of stoma leakage and worries about how other people might react are generally your biggest concerns.
Some suggestions and advice
Take your time, you will get there.
Our stoma bags are waterproof and so it is no problem to hop in the water when you feel like it: Be it in the ocean, a lake, a river or a pool – just enjoy the water wherever you want!
The following advices from other people with an ostomy will hopefully give you the confidence to take another step back into ‘normal life’.
Tips and tricks
Go swimming with your usual stoma bag, especially if you use a one-piece bag system. Too many bag changes could cause skin irritation. One-piece bags are low profile and almost unnoticeable under swimwear. If you use a two-piece system, you may put on a smaller bag or even choose a closed bag in case you normally use a drainable bag with a bottom outlet. It is completely up to you! Our stoma bags are waterproof, along with the adhesive of our wafers (two-piece systems) and skin protectors (one-piece systems). Just remember to cover the filter located at the top of your bag if your bag has one. You will find protection stickers of the appropriate size in the packaging of your ostomy bags.
Find additional recommendations for you below, based on the feedback of other people with an ostomy:
We are all different. It is up to you whether you wish to show or hide your ostomy. If you prefer not to unveil your stoma in public places, it does not mean that you are ashamed of it. And if you feel absolutely comfortable letting others see your stoma bag, good for you. Everybody has the right to do whatever makes them feel comfortable. Because everyone is different and no one should be judged. Thus, choose what works best for you.
The choice of your swimwear plays an important role in how secure and confident you feel. This does not necessarily mean that you need to purchase special swimwear for people with an ostomy. Just check how well the bathing suit or swim trunk helps to hide your ostomy and look for a swimsuit which holds your stoma bag firmly to your body. This might give you more security, i.e. the feeling that everything is “in place”.
Here are some ideas and recommendations:
Before bathing, showering or swimming, it is important to cover the filter of your colostomy or drainable ostomy bag with the protection sticker to maintain the filter’s performance afterwards. These stickers are provided in the packaging of your stoma bags. Using them is quite simple but varies slightly depending on which bag you are using. Remember to remove the filter protection sticker after bathing, showering or swimming.
This handling applies to Flexima® colostomy (flat Mini/Midi), Flexima® Roll'up (flat and convex), Flexima® Active (Colostomy/ Roll'up), Flexima® 3S (colostomy/ Roll'up/ High Flow), Flexima® Key (colostomy/ Roll'up), Proxima®+ drainable and Proxima® 2+ drainable bags.
This handling applies to all our stoma bags with inspection window.
This applies to our Flexima® colostomy flat (Maxi) and convex bags, Flexima® High Flow, Flexima® Key Maxi drainable, Proxima® colostomy, Proxima® + colostomy and Proxima® 2 colostomy bags.