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What is it like living with a stoma?

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Most pouches are small and flat enough to hide under your clothes. They also trap odors, so no one should be able to tell that you're wearing one. Try to think of your stoma and pouch as helpful accessories. They'll give you the freedom to go out and do all the things you want to do, without having to go to the bathroom as often. You'll still be able to work and exercise. You can shower, take baths, swim, and have sex.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

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