Can we talk? One of my clients recently pressed me to comment a bit about some more delicate matters concerning elimination and the wearing of corsets, especially as foundation and waist-training garments. I address these matters in more depth in my book, Corset Magic, but let me summarize some relevant considerations.
She also well may be speaking about how to deal with the logistics of moving aside various items of clothing such as pantyhose, panties, girdles, blouses, or pants, when corseted. It’s tough to pull down any item of clothing on top of which you have laced down a corset, especially when it is tight laced. If you can reach the lowest one or two busk clips, possibly unclipping them will permit the bottom half of your corset to open up sufficiently to not be a problem. When I am wearing my corset over pants or a skirt, invariably I end up entirely removing it, cursing myself that once again I have tried something that just doesn’t work well, except to create more frustration. Then I have to re-lace it on. Thus, it’s always wise to plan more time spent in the bathroom, rather than less, when you are corseting. As for stockings, likewise it’s tough to pull down pantyhose, and if I do, I never get them fully stuffed up under the corset’s bottom edge, thus leave them half way there. I find stayups much more convenient. Men may have a much easier time of all these matters due to little niceties of the standard shorts design, however if they wear bikinis, welcome to the club!
Next, there is the matter of the “corset bladder.” When you lace down, you also press down on flesh and internal organs, including the bladder, shrinking its size a bit (of course, as concerning other phycical changes while corseting, there is limited research period, and no research on bladders or kidneys to my knowledge). Most likley as we advise, you will be drinking more water to ensure normal processing of food and waste products through and out your body. Thus, with a smaller bladder and the same or more water, you will find you need to go to the bathroom more frequently. For my nurse student Christine, it was a bit tough because she was often called upon to put in 18-hr shifts on the ward, and when she left, she had to arrange coverage, which also raised questions in her nurse colleagues. There’s not much to do about that matter however, except expect it, bear up, and accommodate those things you need to, to manage your daily affairs.
Finally, regarding elimination of solid wastes, my research reveals that often the corset provides a support, rather than a hinderance. This seems to be the same kind of mechanical support that opera singer clients of mine tell me that the corset provides. For them, corseting provides the kind of support against which they can push to expel more air when singing, not less, and thereby achieve more volume and a better tone. Some might find that surprising, but consider putting your feet on your coffee table and pushing back on the couch on which you are sitting. I think you will get the point.
As for functioning of the body while waist training or corseting, you must be alert to any developing constipation. Remember too, that what you come into training with in terms of physical challenges, will remain and likely be exacerbated. This is of course a complex topic I have been investigating and writing about for five years and thus, requires far more than a quick blog comment to be precise. However, a few brief points must suffice. I recommend increasing your water intake as well as upping your fiber intake from 25-25 gms. per day, to 40-60 gms. per day with an increase in daily intake of potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are all effected by substantially-increased fiber intake. As for kind of fiber, I’ve found only one reputable comment on that matter, and as a result have recently become convinced that fiber has to be about equally divided between soluble fiber, the kind found for example, in oat bran, Benefiber, and vegetables, and insoluble fiber, found for example, in wheat bran, oat bran and other grains. If the equal division does not work, then concentrate on soluble fiber for a week or two, and then reverse the process if that doesn’t work well, and see what portion works best for you to diminish constipation. I’ll comment further about fiber later.