How and When to Use a Condom Catheter

How and When to Use a Condom Catheter

One easy way to deal with male incontinence is through the use of a condom catheter. It is a simple and easy method for dealing with many different types of male incontinence. For those who may be interested, understanding how and when to use a condom catheter is critically important in order to make sure potential issues get avoided, mainly skin breakdown and infection, and always be sure to call your doctor when your urine is cloudy or blood-tinged. We here at HPFY can give you the information you need as to when a condom catheter is appropriate and how to use it.

Why i might need Condom Catheter?

Obviously, a condom catheter designed only for men and would not be appropriate for female incontinence patients. So how do we know if a condom catheter is appropriate for your condition? Men who might benefit from a condom catheter may suffer from conditions such as:

While these may cover the majority of issues that condom catheters are appropriate for, there are other circumstances such as when your doctor needs to measure your urine output in order to properly dose diuretics or other medications. A condom catheter could also be an alternative to an internal catheter due to medical conditions such as UTIs, bladder spasms, or even bladder stones.


Advantages of Male External Catheters

Condom catheter benefits can include:

  • Minimizing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
  • Comfort
  • Non-Invasive
  • Ideal for Home Use (no doctor or nurse needed)
  • Increased Freedom of Movement

Disadvantages of using a External Catheter

Yes, there are benefits to using condom catheters but are there any drawbacks or disadvantages of using a condom catheter? It turns out just like every other medical aid available there are some downsides to using this type of catheter. They are:

  • Leakage if wrong sized or incorrect fit
  • More likely to fall off/leak
  • Skin Breakdown
  • Easy removal (bad for dementia patients)
  • Allergic reactions (latex or adhesives)
  • Phimosis (swelling of the foreskin)

You should discuss the pros and cons of this type of incontinence product with your urologist or nurse in order to determine if it may be appropriate for your condition. Condom catheters can be used by men who are both circumcised and uncircumcised.

How to apply and use Condom Catheter?

One important aspect of a condom catheter is that they are available in a variety of sizes and it is important to get the appropriate size for you since this can lead to leakage and potential skin breakdowns. One added step you might want to incorporate into your condom catheter routine is the usage of skin sealant products. These sealants are pulled off by an adhesive rather than sensitive skin. Some catheters come in kits that can include:

When applying your condom catheter it is important to properly follow some simple steps to ensure a correct fit. Obviously, start by removing any old catheter by rolling (not pulling) it off. You should change your condom catheter every 24 hours. Then wash your hands thoroughly and your penis and be sure everything is clean and dry. Next:

  • Apply sealant if appropriate (should feel smooth and slippery when dry)
  • Place condom over penis and un-roll to base
  • If using adhesive hold in place for 15 seconds
  • Place sheath holder around the penis base
  • Connect the tubing to a collection bag
  • Strap collection bag to leg securely below your bladder to avoid backflow

While men may suffer slightly less than women, roughly 3%-11% of men experience incontinence on a daily basis. Of this, urge incontinence accounts for 40%-80% of male incontinence. Always take care to keep things as clean as possible and always be on the lookout for skin irritations or breakdowns that can lead to infection. Many male incontinence patients can benefit from the use of a condom catheter. This type of catheter may be ideal for your lifestyle so work with your urologist to determine if it’s perfect to maintain your independence and quality of life.


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