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When and how do I empty the pouch?

Emptying your urostomy pouch is best done when it’s around a third to a half full. You can do it even more often if you prefer – it’s a personal choice – but it’s best not to let the pouch become too full. This is due to the weight that can cause the bag to pull down on the skin and the adhesive backing to become loose. It’s also easier to empty when it’s only partially full.

You’ll need to empty the contents of the bag into a toilet, so a good idea to prevent splashes is to either empty it into a flushing toilet, or to place toilet paper into the pan first. There’s no rules about sitting or standing whilst emptying, so experiment with both and find out what works best for you.

Hold the end of the pouch up, open the spout and simply drain the contents into the toilet. Once done, clean the end of the pouch thoroughly with a tissue, and then secure the plug back into the end of the spout.

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