From there, it is eliminated from the body through the anus.When the colon, rectum, or anus is unable to function normally because of disease or injury, or needs to rest from normal function, the body must have another way to eliminate the waste.
A hernia can develop around a colostomy, and the bowel may become narrow.If you'll be traveling by airplane, bring extra ostomy supplies and pack them in both your carry-on and checked bags. Ask your ostomy nurse about companies that sell these products. You might find that some sexual positions put pressure on your ostomy and are uncomfortable.Consider carrying a statement from your doctor about your ostomy. Experiment with new positions, such as lying on your side.When you look in the mirror, you notice the bag under your clothes.You might think every gurgle and noise coming from your stoma is loud and heard by everyone in the room.Be open to experimenting with different styles of clothes.It will take some pre-trip planning, but having an ostomy shouldn't prevent you from traveling. Lingerie and cummerbunds made to conceal a pouch or hold it in place are available from specialty retailers.This note might explain why you have an ostomy and ask airport security screeners to respect your privacy during searches. And depending on what type of ostomy surgery you have, you may experience some temporary sexual side effects, such as erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness. Your partner can help make you feel more comfortable and reassure you that you are just as attractive with an ostomy. People with ostomies who are dating often worry about when to tell new companions about their ostomies. Some people feel more comfortable getting it out in the open right away, while others want to get to know and trust a potential partner first. Know that rejection is possible, and give a new partner time to consider what an ostomy means to your relationship. Get in touch with other people with ostomies — they sometimes refer to themselves as ostomates.But sexual intimacy can continue after you have an ostomy. Whether it's a support group in your community or online, getting advice from people who've been there is a great way to boost your confidence.'But I was the healthiest I'd ever been, and so even though I was incredibly shy around new people, after I started dating this guy, I knew I wanted to tell him.'He asked me why I would have a stoma [bag] if I had another option - he said it would be better to have a scar than a bag.'I guess it kind of grossed him out, but it left me feeling really horrible.