Having a stoma should not deter you from swimming. Always make sure that the baseplate is sticking properly before going for a swim – give it some time after applying. Be aware that water can affect the adhesion, so make sure to change your product more frequently if you are swimming.
For some people it can be helpful to use accessories when going swimming – using a skin barrier that helps the adhesive stick better can be very helpful. Using a belt can also be very good for some people, and if you are worried about the edges of the plate not sticking properly elastic tape can be a good solution.
It is always a good idea to talk to your stoma nurse if you have any questions. You are also welcome to contact one of our call specialists on 1800 653 317.
What swimwear should I use?
The most important thing is that you wear something that makes you feel good. Some people don't mind showing their bag when going to the beach or pool, whereas some prefer to cover it up. Do what makes you feel best.
When buying your swimwear the best piece of advice we can give you is to try before you buy. Unfortunately, buying specialty swimwear is no guarantee of a good fit. On the other hand, you might be able to find regular swimwear that fits your needs perfectly. For example, you might want to look at a one-piece bathing suit with detailing or patterns across the stomach area to cover up the pouch.
On the beach, a sarong or wrap can be a great way to gracefully cover up without feeling out of place.
And if you would like to wear a bikini – you should do so.