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Living with a stoma

Getting used to life with a stoma can be challenging for many ostomates. There are plenty of new things to learn and get used to. Whilst things may be frustrating at times, it’s important that you try to relax and understand that it will take some time to get back to normality. In this section, you will find some helpful tips and advice to help make everyday life with a stoma much more desirable.
Travelling with a stoma Find out how to prepare for travelling if you have a stoma. Sex & relationships Learn about how a stoma might affect your sexual relations. Pregnancy Read about what you can expect during pregnancy with a stoma. Mental health Find out what you can do if you are struggling with your mental health. Exercise and physical activity Read about the safe physical activities that you can take part in. Diet and nutrition Read about how your eating habits can affect your stoma.

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Find out more about some of the common causes for a stoma.

Ulcerative colitis Crohn's disease Bowel cancer

Everything you need to know about diagnosis and stoma surgery.

Diagnosis Before stoma surgery After stoma surgery Recovery from stoma surgery
Common problems

These are a few of the issues ostomates regularly experience.

Pancaking Irritated skin Diarrhoea Constipation

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