Swimming with an Ostomy

Jul 11, 2019 | Candy-CWOCN RN | @candywocrn | Comments (5)

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written by Charlene Germer, RN, C.W.C.N

There are people who enjoy swimming but feel as though having an ostomy prevents them from continuing to enjoy this activity. At first it may seem that swimming is no longer acceptable because of having to wear an ostomy pouch and fear that people may believe or think that someone with an ostomy should not be allowed in a pool, lake or even a cruise.  But the truth is you can swim with an ostomy and should not give up the activities that you enjoy.

The pouching system is water resistant and designed to not leak if properly sealed. Water will not harm nor enter your stoma. Always make sure the seal is secure. Empty your pouch before and make sure the wafer has been on for an hour prior to getting wet. If you are concerned about the output especially an Ileostomy eat a few hours before swimming. Use a filter cover stick on your deodorizing filter which prevents water from entering the pouch. Once you are dry you may remove the filter cover stick.  Always carry extra supplies with you. If you are still unsure about swimming fill your bathtub with water, put your bathing suit on and sit in the tub for half an hour and when you see that there is no leakage your will feel more confident and you also get to see how you swimming suit looks with an ostomy pouch.

What to wear is always a question especially when it comes to swimming. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and swimming with an ostomy should be fun and stress free-no worries.

 

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What is a filter cover stick or a deodorizing filter? New terms to me but I really want to ba able to go in the hot tub.

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Not all bags have this. It is a small, filtered opening near the top of the bag, which allows some gas to escape the bag theoretically reducing the odor emitted when the gas is expelled from the pouch. The cover stick is round circular bluish film that covers the vent and is normally included w/ the bag containing the filter. If you go online and search ostomy bags you will see the ones advertised with the filter.

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@bethc51

What is a filter cover stick or a deodorizing filter? New terms to me but I really want to ba able to go in the hot tub.

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Welcome, Beth. Did you see @kenc’s reply to your question?
May I ask what led to your having an ostomy?

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@colleenyoung

Welcome, Beth. Did you see @kenc’s reply to your question?
May I ask what led to your having an ostomy?

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Rectal cancer with surgery in May 2021. It’s supposed to be temporary but now, with the back log in our hospitals, will likely not get reversed for at least another two years! Way too long to stay out of our hot tub!

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