My teen daughter usually wears it on her stomach or back. I think it's barely noticeable on her back, but you can definitely see it when it's on her stomach with a fitted T-shirt. Just depends on what you're wearing, and where you've got the pod.
I am an old guy who wears baggy shirts, so my pod is usually not visible. I wear mine on my abdomen above the waist (I knocked it off the only time I placed one below my waist). You will probably have less of an issue when the smaller pods come out. My CDE told me that she has more male patients on OmniPod than female patients, and she believes it is because of the current pod size. She expects more female patients to choose the pod once the smaller ones are available. I don't think Insulet has anounced availibility yet, but hopefully it will be less than one year.
Unless you wear super-tight clothes, the Pods are not that noticeable. If you are really conscious about it, notice where your body curves IN and put the Pods there, if you can. As a female, I have found that the lower back, just above or below the waistband, is a good site for me. Also try just below the bra line in front. I have a little more "flesh" if I go more to the sides, but generally the bra holds the shirt away from the body at that point, so the Pod is never noticed! You also might try the abdomen under your pants. If you move it toward the sides, generally a T-shirt will cover it. I use the back of my arms also, just making sure that I wear a shirt with comfortable sleeves. And if someone DOES notice it, who cares? If they ask, I tell them about how great the Pod is. If they don't ask, the world goes not spinning...
I wear my pod all over, from my hips to my arms to my butt, and I'm allways in tight-ish clothing... today i'm wearing leggings and a tight t-shirt, you can see the spot on the top of my butt where the pod is, but when it's under clothes nobody has ever noticed...unless you know I wear a pump, you wouldn't realize.
I often wear sleeveless and short sleeved shirts with the pods on my arm...and I sometimes will get a comment, but they are always good-hearted in nature!
My 14 year old is getting his Omnipod in a few weeks. Where do most guys wear it when swimming? I know it's a 3 day decision but during the summer, my son likes to swim and he's pretty private about his diabetes (just diagnosed in November 2009).
I like to wear mine on the back of my arms, I just made a 15 foot scuba dive looking for some lost items and the pump never failed, thought it would stop from the water pressure but it kept on ticking and was just fine under my wetsuit, the dive was also for about 2 hours total time underwater.Just be careful walking past doorways, I have knocked a few off at times, you learn to be cautious on wear your pod is located.
My 15 year old daughter just started wearing the pod on the front of her upper thigh. Doesn't help much to hide it for a girl, but with a long bathing suit, it wouldn't even be noticeable on a boy. Plus, I've noticed when it's on the front of her, they tend to get knocked off less. There's a diagram in the OP user manual that shows all of the different places you can put the OP.
Our son wears his in the water all day. Put it on the back of the arm and then wrap a Coban wrap around it and it will stay on all day. He wears his pod on his arms all summer so he can go in the pool. We've never had a problem using this technique!
No one ever see's my pod under clothing whether I wear it on my belly or on my back (I prefer to wear it on my back). I wear bikini's so of course you can see it on the beach but I never think about it and have gotten very few comments if any.
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