Swimming With a Stoma

Swimming With a Stoma

Last updated 01/10/20

Whether it’s a few lengths of your local pool or a visit to the beach on holiday, going swimming is a common concern for stoma bag wearers. Having a stoma shouldn’t stop you from swimming. You might feel nervous that people will notice your pouch, or that it won’t stay secure in the water, but there are some practical steps you can take.


Try to empty your pouch shortly before you enter the water

This way, you’ll have the peace of mind that you have plenty of time before you need to empty your bag again.


Aim to put your baseplate on at least an hour before you enter the water

This allows your baseplate to properly adhere to your skin. You can also use special tape to secure it.


There are plenty of ways to cover your stoma bag if you feel conscious of other people noticing

Women can wear full swimsuits or high waisted bikini bottoms to cover or hold in place. Patterned designs are particularly good at disguising lumps or bulges. Men can wear high waistband swim shorts, or if swimming in the sea can consider a t-shirt to cover.

With these ideas in mind, don’t let other people noticing your bag stop you from enjoying yourself!


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This is key to you feeling confident that your stoma remains secure.


Test submerging your bag in the bath first

Submerging your bag for the first time can be nerve-racking. If you’re worried about your bag leaking or becoming detached, test it in the bath first.


Carry additional supplies

You might also choose to pack extra stoma supplies so that you can change your pouch when you have finished swimming.