It’s week three of #bagroulette and this week we are trying out Stephie’s brand of bag, the Coloplast Sensura Mio. I have used these bags previously and didn’t get on with them so was a little nervous about this one. Although I loved alot about them, I had so many leaks and as it was within the first few months of me getting a stoma, it really knocked my confidence. Sometimes I was having up to four in a day so it was a really tough time. I blamed myself alot and thought I must be doing something wrong. When I changed to the Salts bags and didn’t have the leaks I had been experienced with the Mio, I realised it was just that they didn’t suit me.
I still really like the grey colour and texture of this bag. The baseplate feels really soft and flexible. The opening is with velcro similar to my Salts bag, but like the Pelican Platinum I tried, is see through. It doesn’t bother me too much but I know some prefer an opaque opening.
I put my first Mio bag on post shower on Sunday night. I decided to keep to the same routine I use for my Salts bag to compare equally. I found the Mio baseplate was harder to cut, I think due to the slightly deeper, softer texture. It was easy enough to put on over my Brava protective sheet after that.
The velcro is super sticky which made it feel very secure which I liked. The bag is really comfortable as the baseplate is the most flexible I have come across. It is super light and you can forget it is there until it needs emptying. The baseplate is also clear around the edge so it is easy to spot if a leak is starting. The bag does still get warm and a little sweaty underneath but this is the same as a lot of bags, especially in the warm weather we have been experiencing.
Monday night I decided to test the bag in the shower. It dried super quick and easy which is great so I’m sure this would be a good choice for swimmers and if you choose to leave your bag on for a few days. I normally change mine every night but decided to leave it on another full day to see how it went.
THE FIRST CHANGE
Tuesday saw the bag continue to perform well. The only problem I seemed to be experiencing was some pancaking. I think if I used this bag all the time I would probably need to use some lubricating deodorant or some baby oil to help the output settle at the bottom of the bag rather than at the top around the stoma. I also became worried I could smell the output and have since come across other people who have experienced the same with the Mios. I have heard using the filter stickers can help with this but didn’t get chance to try that out myself.
The bag was really easy to remove with the tab at the top. My skin was in good condition and not at all sore. I had started to leak (about 1cm all around my stoma) but it can’t have been there long as my skin wasn’t sore and I wasn’t itching which is normally the first sign for me. With the new bag the only issue I had again was the cutting. I tried a different pair of scissors but it was still difficult to get a nice smooth edge without making the hole too big.
The next day continued pretty much the same and I started to feel more confident with the bag. I only suffered with the same issues of pancaking that I had had previous days. I just attempted to push the output down the bag myself. I changed the bag again Wednesday night and woke up Thursday and emptied my bag at around 7am.
We had approximately fifteen minutes before we had to leave for school and I was asking the boys to put on their shoes for the tenth time when I put my hand to my bag and realised I was having a leak! I couldn’t believe it as my bag was barely full and I really did not need it at that time in the morning. I did a quick bag change and I believe the leak was down to the pancaking issue. I found last time I used the Mio’s that as soon as the baseplate got the slightest bit of output underneath, it led to a blowout really quickly. I managed to sort my bag, change my clothes and get the boys to school but so came the end of my testing of the bag.
I think the Coloplast Sensura Mio has some really great features. The colour, texture and quick drying is ace. The baseplate flexibility is fantastic and it really moves easily with your body so you can almost forget it is there. The velcro bottom is really nice and secure. There are three available sizes so you can choose what suits you and the medium sized bag suited me perfectly.
However, I feel the adhesive really lets the bag down, as well as it being prone to making me pancake. If this bag combined with the Salts adhesive I think I would have the perfect bag! I was slightly nervous about trying this one out after my previous experience with it, but aside from the pancaking and the leak on Thursday morning I was reminded of some of the great features of it and why I started using the bag the first time around.
I’ve had lots of feedback about #bagroulette this week when people found out I was trialling the Mio. It seems people either love it or just don’t get on with it. Have you tried this one? Do you use it? Please let me know what you think in the comments below!
You can order samples of the Coloplast Sensura Mio on their website at
My week one review of the Pelican Platinum Convex Stoma bag