The Ostomy Podcast
Real-life experiences shared by ostomates
Welcome to The Ostomy Podcast by Fittleworth, a candid delve into the real-life experiences of people living with a stoma, from pre-op worries to post-surgery surprises, we take an honest deep dive into the topics that affect your day-to-day life.
Hosted by lifestyle experts and supported by Fittleworth’s specialist clinical nursing team
Ostomates are invited to speak openly about the challenges they face, so expect to hear first-hand advice on how to tackle the unknowns and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone.
From nutrition and exercise to relationships and self-confidence, we’re here to support and help you reconnect with yourself, wherever you might be listening.
How does a stoma impact your sex life? (Part 1)
Hosted by relationship expert, Charlene Douglas, in this episode we speak to Justine, a mum of one living with Crohn’s disease, and we jump right in to talk all things sex and the initial physical intimacy challenges faced immediately post stoma surgery, and how Justine and her partner overcame them. Please note that this episode contains content of a sexual nature.
How does a stoma impact your sex life? (Part 2)
We’re back with Justine, a mum of one living with Crohn’s disease. In this episode, we discuss the next chapter of her intimacy journey with her husband; getting back on track, the importance of patience, understanding, and trial and error. Please note that this episode contains content of a sexual nature.
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The Ostomy Podcast is created by Fittleworth, one of the largest home delivery services of medical devices like stoma pouches and catheters.
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For further support on relationships and intimacy, Connections is a free programme offering guidance on how to reconnect with yourself and others following stoma surgery.
For further information and support on living with a stoma, please visit our free stoma resource centre where you’ll find a variety of support packs covering a whole host of topics.
If you’ve been affected by any of the topics raised in the series, please discuss with your GP or visit the free-access support services listed here:
- Fittleworth Ostomate Group: A private Facebook group for ostomates to share thoughts, ask questions or talk about their experiences of having a stoma
- Samaritans: 116 123. A safe place to talk anytime without judgement.
- Shout: 85258. A free and confidential text service for anyone in crisis. A place to go if you are struggling to cope and need immediate giveusashout.org/get-help
- Mind Infoline: 0300 1233 393. Confidential support on a range of mental health problems, offering advice on where to get help, treatment options and advocacy services.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines
- Refuge: National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247. Confidential support for female victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse
- Respect: Men’s Advice Line: 0808 8010327. A support line for men experiencing domestic abuse.