Our ostomy underwear are the perfect everyday garment, they have an internal cotton pouch that runs from left to right, what this means is, it doesn't matter if your stoma is on the left or the right,or if you have more than one stoma, the internal pocket will accomodate more than one bag. What is so good about an internal pocket? Well, it has a number of benefits, it can support the weight of your stoma appliance/osotmy pouch. As ostomates, we can become conscious of even a small amount of waste in our bags, resulting in lots of trips to the toilet to empty a small amount. Having the pocket to hold the content of your bag, you have fewer trips to the toilet as when you do go you can empty a larger amount. Particularly helpful at night if a small amount of waste wakes you up.
Another superb benefit to the internal cotton pocket, it prevents your stoma appliance from sitting against your skin, reducing any sweating that can cause odour and skin irritation, therefor protecting your skin and reducing the risk of leeks caused by sweaty skin.
If you were to have a leak, either during the day or night, firstly remember you are not the only one this will happen to, it is incredibly annoying, upsetting and at times frustrating, the internal pocket acts as another layer inside your pants, so will hold the content of even a leaking bag for a little longer hopefully alerting you to the fact you need to take action. Been there, done that, worn the tshirt many a time. You are not alone.
The best way for the pocket to work, is to make sure your stoma appliance is sitting at an angle inwards towards your groin, without a pocket this can be annoying as having the bag in that position can rub against the leg, or genital area, but once inside the pocket it is like you've a new lease of life, much more range of movement in lower limbs too, as the bag position is going with the natural creases rather than against.
*Please note these items are addictive..... you will never go back to underwear without a pocket if these work.
**Please also note, those in the UK are entitled to apply for up to 6 pairs of ostomy boxers or pants per year, this however should not be translated into your being entitled to them, some GP, local authorities, Stoma Care Nurses will not allow you have them. It is always worth checking before hand.
- 92% Cotton
- 8% Elastane
As with all underwear, special care and attention should be taken when washing your garment.
Make sure you wash dark colours separately and wash at 30 Degree. Do not tumble dry, bleach, or dry clean any of these items. Iron at a cool temperature.