When you have a stoma, urine and stools exit directly into the pouch on your abdomen. To avoid leaks, skin irritation or social embarrassment, it is very important that you learn how to seal the ostomy bag securely to the skin.
A snug fit is key
The guiding principle is that the adhesive part of the appliance is stuck to the area around the stoma and that the hole in the adhesive fits snugly around the stoma.
Your stoma care nurse will help you choose the best product for you and show you how to apply and remove the pouch in the right way. You might also find these instructional videos helpful.