Can You Still Pass Wind If You Have A Stoma?

by Michelle Williams

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The question everybody wants to ask

The one question I get asked, time and time again, when people find out I have a stoma is “can you still fart?” and “if not, do you miss it?”

Here’s the answer…

So for those of you without a stoma: the answer is a big fat NO! Or at least, not in the same way as before (via my bottom). I have to admit that, living with two stinky boys (husband and son), that I did used to get fart envy / rage.

Passing wind with a stoma

When you have a stoma, there are only two options for gas. It has to come out of your stoma, or out of your mouth.

From your stoma, gas usually leaks very slowly into your stoma bag. There are vents provided to help address this and to prevent the dreaded ballooning (where gas builds up inside the pouch) but they don’t really let that much out at a time. However, lots of stoma bags do have filters that stop there being any pong.

From time to time, some people do experience fart-type noises from their stoma. Thankfully, this usually doesn’t happen regularly. Some people report that these noises are worse if they haven’t eaten for a while – others, that it is triggered by the stoma being particularly active so it may just be a case of individual difference.

Nowadays, I burp more often

The other option now is for gas to leave as a burp. This happens to me much more than it used to. Not only carbonated drinks but nuts and vegetable skins can have a really gassy effect. I went to a concert the other week and the beer there gave me really bad hiccups because the burps couldn’t get up quick enough.

I still get blamed!

It’s funny when people try to blame a fart on me. If it’s someone that I don’t know too well, I’ll just have a little chuckle to myself but if it’s my son Callum then I remind him that I have a Barbie butt (where the colon, rectum and anus are removed and all holes to the outside world sewn up) and so it couldn’t possibly be me!

Now and again, I do miss a good fart

I used to miss passing wind, but now not so much. I have developed new techniques to move gas when it’s trapped - a cup of peppermint tea or a good wriggle. Just sometimes, though, when that doesn’t get things moving, I do still wish I could just let one rip.

About the author

My name is Michelle; I live in Kent with my husband and son. I have a permanent ileostomy as a result of Ulcerative Colitis. You can follow me on twitter.

Recent Comments

  • Anthony O'Neill


    I am sorry, but I disagree. I have a Ileostomy stoma, & on several occasions since my operation in August 2016, I have passed wind & stools, which my Consultant states is quite normal.

    I do miss a good fart though.



  • michele

    Really Anthony
    stool too? i have now started to pass wind through my bottom and have an ileostomy. I'm due for a reversal next week but was quite concerned that my bottom is passing wind. (thought there must be a leak somewhere?)
    Id be very alarmed if I had a stool from there.
    Thanks for your input.
    hope all goes well with you. I'm looking forward to my reversal on 23/03/18


    Michele x x

  • Malcolm Parks

    Would really like some advice. I had a stoma fitted last week due to bowel cancer. I have experience a little wind via the back package which I've been assured is quite normal. However yesterday I not only had wind or what I thought was wind. It it was actually well an accident let's say which happened three times in total quite depressing to say the least. Has anyone else experienced this?

  • Janet

    I had a colostomy in 2010 I have had to change my water and bag 5 to 6 times a day been to John Hopkins 3 months had h pylori c diff I only weigh 65 lbs every thing I eat drink goes right thru me been in hospitals all the time from dehydration and other problems all the doctors say there is nothing they can do.i am making my funeral arrangements cause I know it won't be long.i have lived a living hell I'm worn out.i would like to know when you pass I understand you still go one director said if they don't see it up you will still go it blew me away

  • Antonia

    Hi I’ve had a stoma for 3mths now but couple times it felt like I have past wind a little is this normal or should I go to the doctors as I don’t see how as my large intestine is disconnected how is it possible?

  • Juan Santander

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