Shake Off Post-Stoma Surgery Anxiety

One of the biggest worries for people who have recently had stoma surgery is what other people will think.

“Can they smell anything from my pouch?”

“Do they notice my pouch?”

“Who should I tell about my stoma surgery?”

Most people’s reactions will reflect your own attitude. If you are straightforward and confident about your situation, people will respect that and respond positively.

Time to Get Over the Odour

You will become more comfortable with your stoma pouch over time, and will gain confidence in its ability to retain odours. Here are a few tips to help reduce gas and odour, and lead to increased confidence:



Make sure your pouch is secure.

Odour can occur when there’s a loss of seal at the stoma site or if the tail closure is not clean.


Avoid foods that can cause excessive odour such as:

  • Asparagus
  • Baked beans
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Fish

Some food and drinks can help reduce odour, including:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Melons

Use odour-control sachets

If you have an ileostomy with liquid output, this product will solidify liquid contents and reduce or eliminate excess gas, which may also lead to a flatter, more discreet pouch.

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