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Living with ostomy

  for Ostomates

Adapting to life back home with a stoma can be overwhelming
so we have Coloplast® Care - a free support program where we
offer personalized support so you can live the life you want.

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Becoming confident with your ostomy !

Who to tell and what to say about your ostomy

After your surgery, one of the big questions may be: how and who do I tell about my ostomy?

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Holidays and travelling with an ostomy

Having an ostomy needn't stop you from travelling or start planning a holiday a few months after your surgery

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Going back to work

After surgery, it’s natural to want to get back to your everyday life as soon as you can. Going back to work may be part of that and, with a bit of planning, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be possible.

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Dining Out

It's one thing to prepare meals at home. But what if you eat in the restaurant or have something delivered? Here you will find tips on how to prepare properly and what you need to consider.

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It's important to socialize. Don't let ostomy hold you back in your social life – enjoy life with friends and family.

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Intimacy and pregnancy

A stoma can affect your body image, but it does not have to affect the relationship with your partner or any pregnancy. Continue reading for easy, practical advice on living with an ostomy.

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Diet and Nutrition

Read what you should consider in the first two to six weeks after the operation and also after your complete recovery - we name a few tips and tricks!

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Beverage and Drinks

As with everyone else, the drinks you consume affect the digestive tract. Here you can find tips for people with ileostomy and colostomy.

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Tips for flying

You may have some concerns if you are travelling by plane – what do you do in the security check? Can the bag explode under air pressure? Or what about noises?

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Warm climate

Warm climate and sunscreen can affect the adhesion, but help is here - there are a few things you can do to make the barrier stick better.

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Beach and Swimming

Going swimming can be a big thing when you have an ostomy – what to wear? Will the barrier stick? Read a few tips here.

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How to prevent the stoma from smelling

The fear of smell from the ostomy bag is a well-known problem for most people who have an ostomy. However, the reality is that most ostomy bags prevent all odor from coming out.

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Sun Safety

Staying in the shade is an effective way to reduce sun exposure - especially between 10AM and 4PM when the sun is at the highest point.

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Exercise with Ostomy

Many believe that they can no longer exercise or perform physical activities when they have an ostomy. There are many different types of exercise - find one that you like.

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Upholstery tips

Your stoma does not prevent you from wearing certain types of clothing - the most important thing is that you wear something that makes you feel good.

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Ostomy Care Patient Testimonials



Clothes are a part of my identity, so I worried about what I could wear after my operation. Today, I still dress the way I want.



I was so glad to get back to work, it meant a lot to me. At first I worried about my ostomy appliance, but now I’m just focused on the job.



I lost 35 kilos when I was ill. But I have put it all back on. I feel determined, I’m training regularly and I’m now a specialist personal trainer.



Assistance and Guidance just a call away!

Our Care programs, designed for people living with an ostomy, offer straight-forward advice, personalized support and inspiration. Care is available when you need it. Our dedicated regional language speaking CARE team of advisors and specialists are here to help you live a better life by helping you do more of the things you love, so you can be you!

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