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01-16-2015, 07:17 PM   #1
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Ostomy cup

Has anyone tried an ostomy cup?

http://cspouchcovers.com/stoma-cup-p-90.html
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01-16-2015, 07:53 PM   #2
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First I've heard of it.
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01-16-2015, 08:36 PM   #3
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I'd never heard of this either...but I don't need to hold anything over my stoma when changing my appliance. I'm not even sure how that would work...you'd still need one hand to take the thing off when you put your new appliance on *scratches head and thinks about it*
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01-16-2015, 10:31 PM   #4
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Doesn't seem very practical if you have to use a belt. I suppose if you want to air out the skin underneath the flange, this might be a good alternative.
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01-17-2015, 05:15 PM   #5
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I've seen them before, and did consider getting one, but once I got the hang of changing my pouch, I decided it was a waste of money, and I think it would be more bother than it was worth.
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01-18-2015, 03:42 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. The cap looked interesting...but I change my bag in the tub. I guess it would be of no use to me.
01-18-2015, 04:49 AM   #7
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I change mine on the loo, so anything that comes out goes down the pan.
I always wait for Squirter's quiet time, which makes things much easier.
01-20-2015, 08:50 AM   #8
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I can see why it may be useful. I'm very lucky because my stoma is usually very predictable and I can change the bag during its quiet times, but from the few occasions where I have had to change it while it's active, I appreciate how that can be a big problem (if I am changing it when it's active, it's usually because it's leaked, and if it's leaked, it's usually because my stomach is very upset). When I do have to change it when it's active, I usually end up sitting in the bath to do it, and with a big wad of toilet paper or wipes held over it while I'm between bags. I can see this cup would mean less wipes/tissue wasted and probably less of a mess to clean up after.

But my biggest problem in this respect is that for various medical reasons I have a lot of trouble with fine hand movements. If the cup actually did free up your hands I think it would be a big help, but I'm not sure that it would. Maybe you put it in position before removing the bag? I think if my stoma ever does become less predictable I'd be tempted to try something like this - as with many stoma-related things, you can probably work out a way of using it that suits you if you experiment a bit. My hands are only going to get worse, so I need all the help I can get.

I'm not sure why it says you can use it to protect your stoma while bathing and showering - I have showers and baths with no bag on, water and soap don't do it any harm. Shampoo and shower gel don't seem to do it any harm. If I'm doing something like dying my hair, I wouldn't want hair dye getting on it when I'm showering it off, but then I wouldn't shower without a bag on if I'm using something like that that I don't want on my stoma. And the same would apply if I had skin problems or something and didn't want soap on it - why protect it with a cup when you can leave a bag on?
01-20-2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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It might be used for colostomies that are very predictable. I still don't know why it would be used.
I wouldn't go without a pouch other than in the shower.
01-20-2015, 11:30 AM   #10
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It might be used for colostomies that are very predictable. I still don't know why it would be used.
I wouldn't go without a pouch other than in the shower.
Would the stoma being active during bag changes be an issue with a colostomy? I don't actually know much about them, other than that they produce less output than ileostomies and the output isn't as loose. But I guess they vary from person to person. (This just got me wondering actually, there seem to be more people with ileostomies than colostomies on this forum, I wonder if that's true and why, maybe we should do a poll.)
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Would the stoma being active during bag changes be an issue with a colostomy? I don't actually know much about them, other than that they produce less output than ileostomies and the output isn't as loose. But I guess they vary from person to person. (This just got me wondering actually, there seem to be more people with ileostomies than colostomies on this forum, I wonder if that's true and why, maybe we should do a poll.)
Colostomies generally function once or twice a day compared to an ileostomy that continually drains throughout the day.
01-20-2015, 01:39 PM   #12
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I know someone who uses it.

Two good uses.

1. It let's you shower without getting bag wet, or if you shower with stoma out it will let you get from shower to wherever without pooping around.

2. If your skin is excoriated it can let you expose it to air and put lotion on it for a little while.
01-21-2015, 10:48 PM   #13
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I have a colostomy and it's only active a few times a day...and even if it was active when I changed, I just use a piece of toilet paper and catch anything that comes out as my stool is very very firm and easily catchable This cup wouldn't be any use to me at all.
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