Do you have an inny or and outie? That’s a normal belly button type question as we know that people are all different (I’m an inny just so you know, but with the amount of surgeries I have had, it is not the one that Mother Nature blessed me with!)
It’s odd as we totally get how unique and different we all are in every other part of our bodies, yet when we get a stoma, we assume that they should all look exactly the same and behave in the same way, when of course, they are all as unique to us as our bellybuttons are.
When I got my first parastomal hernia, I began to leak all the time. My usual bags were just not fitting correctly, and I assumed that I must be doing something wrong. It was only once I called my stoma nurse and not so bravely wailed down the phone to her, that I even heard of a convex bag.
Usual bags have a flat and soft flange that sticks itself around your stoma and to your stomach, a convex bag has a dome shape to the flange which pushes in around your stoma to make a better seal. I originally turned to convex after my hernia, but there are a few other reasons you might want to try a convex bag.
After one of my surgeries, I ended up with a recessed stoma, it was kind of sunk in on one side and luckily I knew about the convex bags, so went straight to them. If you have creases, dips or moats, or find yourself using a ton of paste or rings, you might really benefit from trying a convex bag.
I hear from far too many people saying they live with daily leaks or uncomfortable ostomy bags and it really saddens me. We aren’t given that much information about the amount of choice we have in our bags, to be honest, I didn’t even know there was more than one brand when I first got mine as I just had what the hospital gave me.
We are super lucky to live in an online world where you can find out so much information, if you have an ostomy, even if you are happy with your current bag, then please go and do some research. Take a look at ostomy brand websites and check out their full ranges, call them, email them, get samples and try them out.
I tried the Aura Convex bags recently for exactly this reason, I want to keep up with all the latest technology and the newest bags that come out, so I am always sure of what is best for me. I loved the super soft feel of these bags and the flange felt well stuck on helping with confidence. Though it is convex, it sat really flat against my tummy meaning it was invisible even under a tight dress, the fit was nice and I had no leaks or issues whilst using them.
So inny or outie, flat, hernia’d, wonky or creased, just remember that you always have a choice with your bags, if you want to try something new, that is your right, speak to your stoma nurse or head direct to ostomy sites and trial your own.
Let me know your experiences of convex bags!
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