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Swimming with an Ostomy Video

Laura Cox, LPC
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
09/21/14  8:56 PM PST

Swimming after you have ostomy surgery was one of most prominent things on our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox’s mind when she was released from the hospital. The idea of not getting to head into a pool or the ocean ever again can be very depressing. But! Most wafers are waterproof, so once you are recovered from surgery, a dip in the pool should be in order. In this swimming with an ostomy video, you can learn all about what you can do to feel confident in the water.

Want to feel even more confident? Check out our community member’s tips for even more security when swimming.

Watch Laura’s video with tips for how to make swimming with an ostomy work for you. Want to watch this video with subtitles? You can find that option when you watch this video on YouTube.

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Dear Laura, I wear a two piece ostomy bag. I need help with concealing an ostomy bag. When I move around my shirt hikes up and the tip of the bag peeks out from under my shirt.
Hi Tom, I have a few suggestions that may help!
First, I'm wondering if a stealth belt would be a good option for you. This is a black belt that you can conveniently tuck your pouch...

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  1. jim danforth
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 12:24 am PST

    where can I purchase the waterproofing materials shown in the video?

  2. Posted February 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm PST

    Hi Jim, Shield supplies all the waterproofing materials shown!

  3. Aalbert Martijn Smit
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm PDT

    Thank you that’s great! I am not really worried about the ostomy showing at all but the facts of different behaviors in different types of water is just what I needed to know! Ostomy Nov 2015

  4. Posted July 25, 2016 at 11:11 am PDT

    I’m glad you found this helpful Albert! 🙂

  5. Marvin W.
    Posted January 8, 2019 at 5:58 am PST

    Laura what can I use during intimate moments with my wife to prevent my pouch from hanging down in the way?….I have been using a ace bandage to wrap around my waist and tuck the pouch underneath. Any suggestions?

  6. Aimee Sharp
    Posted January 21, 2019 at 2:53 pm PST

    Hi Marvin. Thank you for your question. Laura does have an article about intimacy with an ostomy, where she discusses options for how to keep the pouch out of the way. We would also recommend this article from one of our great friends, Eric at Vegan Ostomy, which is written from a man’s point of view and discusses band options in more detail. Best of luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  7. Marvin W.
    Posted January 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm PST

    Thanks Aimee❤

  8. Stacie
    Posted August 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm PDT

    Hello, any advise would be great! I have tried hy-tape (pink tape), press and seal wrap, 2″ plastic tape, other water proof tapes … everything once wet comes right off my skin including my ostomy wafer! Do you know of any products, like a band, that would wrap around my body that would be water proof?
    Thank you for your time and advise!,

  9. Aimee Sharp
    Posted August 8, 2019 at 8:36 am PDT

    Hi Stacie! Yes, we do know of a waterproof wrap. We had this recommendation from one of our community members, Sophie: “Please see Drypro they are the only providers of a swim belt that keeps your Ostomy completely dry when swimming or showering.” You can find more suggestions about keeping your stoma and pouch dry in our article, Tips for Swimming with an Ostomy – More Security. Best of luck and enjoy these warm months! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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