You’d think it wouldn’t matter what type of underwear a person with the BCIR would wear, but for me it’s a strategic decision. I’ve always been a tighty‑whities/ fruit-of-the-loom kid growing up; it’s just what your mom got you. The snug fit briefs have always just been the standard for me. However, after getting the BCIR, I quickly found that the tighter undies were a small issue. Because the BCIR can get some moisture, it’s a bit uncomfortable feeling the dampness being held against my body by my undies. The BCIR needs a little breathing room! Since I don’t use a band aid/ patch over the stoma, instead I use a folded-up piece of toilet paper, I found the best undies to get were boxer shorts. They give me the perfect amount of breathing room for the BCIR, and also enough support to keep the tissue in place. Rarely will the tissue fall loose, and the boxers seem more effective in allowing moisture to be pulled away from body, with no noticeable discomfort. Boxer shorts are super loose, basically thin material shorts with an elastic band. I prefer the Hanes plaid 5 pack! What’s your favorite choice of undies?
Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.