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With this change to my body, how do my partner and I approach intimacy?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

It’s understandable to be worried about how an ostomy will affect intimacy issues.  However, as you recover from your operation, you and your partner will gradually become used to how your stoma and…

Is intimate apparel a good option?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Yes, intimate apparel is a great option. Not only can it help you to look and feel sexy, but it helps secure your pouch and prevent movement.  The internet is a good place…

Are there potential problems I should know about?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Depending on the type of ostomy surgery you undergo, in some cases the rectum is removed.

For men, the nerves that affect erections and ejaculation are close to the rectum, and in a small…

How can I find more information?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Your Stomal Therapy Nurse and doctor are excellent sources of information.  They are also familiar with the problems and concerns that ostomy patients undergo, so don’t feel nervous about asking them anything.  There…

Will becoming an ostomate affect my ability to become pregnant?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Undergoing ostomy surgery will not affect your ability to become pregnant whatsoever. If you’re actively trying to start a family you should talk with your doctor first.  If there are any doubts at…

Where can I get products whilst I’m away?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Buying ostomy supplies in a different country, especially one where you don’t speak the language, can prove daunting.  The best way to cope with this is to have some photographs of the products…

Will I still be able to travel?
October 21, 2011 : : 0 comments

Apart from the general advice of not flying for the first six weeks after any operation (because of the increased risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis), there is no reason why having an ostomy…

When should I share information?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Whether or not you choose to tell others about your ostomy is totally up to you.  You might decide to tell a few people – such as family and close friends.  It really…

What do I say to family and close friends?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Whilst what and who you talk to is of course a personal choice, sharing really is a healthy way to deal with the emotions you’re going to be feeling.  Not only will your…

How much do I tell my children?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

This is a question many people worry about, but in the case of telling the kids, it’s usually a case of honesty is the best policy.  With younger children, being open and telling…

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