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How To Use A Cunningham Clamp

How To Use A Cunningham Clamp
Shweta Chaubey

The Bard Cunningham Clamp is one of our best-reviewed over-the-counter devices used to manage stress incontinence in men. It is a widely popular and effective incontinence clamp. 

About 3-10% of men in the US experience incontinence symptoms. Research has found that high-stress levels that can be attributed to this condition.   

Although both genders are at risk of urinary incontinence, women more than men, their symptoms may differ. In fact, women experience stress incontinence more than men. Stress incontinence happens when the muscles and other tissues that support the urethra and control the release of urine become weak.

Penile clamps or incontinence clamps help control the dribbling of urine that may occur when coughing or lifting things. The clamp is worn around the penis to block the urine flow and applies gentle pressure to the top of the penis and urethra—this slight pressure controls bladder leakage.  

Bard Cunningham Clamp  

One of the most effective penile clamps available is the Bard Cunningham Clamp. This penile clamp is designed to help reduce male incontinence symptoms by compressing the urethra and preventing leakage from the bladder without disturbing natural blood flow. It works as an effective device to minimize the use of incontinence pads and diapers.  

Bard Cunningham Penile Clamp



Bard Cunningham Male Incontinence Clamp review

4.5 Star Reviews on Bard Cunningham Penile Clamp


11/14/22 by Ralph L.

"Works great, easy to use.”


How to Use Cunningham Clamp 

  1. Start by washing your hands thoroughly and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel.  
  2. Place the penis between the two foam pads on the incontinence clamp. Make sure the clamp is halfway down the shaft of the penis.  
  3. Tighten the clamp to compress the urethra.   

The cunningham clamp sizes include large, regular-sized, and juvenile clamps, each having five settings to adjust the pressure on the urethra.  

To adjust the pressure -

  • Place the penis between the ratchet catch.  
  • Press inward on both spring wire loops to release the catch.   
  • Shape the upper foam pad with your fingers for better comfort and fit.  
  • Release the clamp and push the spring wire loops to urinate.  
  • After urinating, put the clamp back on to avoid dribbling.    
  • It is important to note that the juvenile clamp is not adjustable. 

Important Things to Know   

  • Alternate where the clamp is placed - Place it on a slightly different part of the shaft and release it every 1 to 2 hours to let urine flow. Doing so reduces the risk of developing a UTI.   
  • Refrain from using the clamp if you have arthritic or tremoring hands.  
  • Avoid sleeping with the clamp on.  
  • The clamp shouldn't feel too tight. A tight clamp can affect blood flow to the penis and cause skin infection.   
  • Replace the clamp every three months or sooner if it breaks or if the foam shows signs of wearing down. 

Cleaning The Bard Cunningham Clamp  

Make sure to clean the clamp after every use.

To do so -   

  1. Wash it with warm water and mild soap. Avoid using detergent or bleach and hot water on the clamp.  
  2. Rinse the clamp with cool and clean water.  
  3. Squeeze the foam to remove excess water.  
  4. Let the clamp air dry (avoid using a blow dryer). Do not place it near heat or in direct sunlight.  
  5. Do not put the clamp in the washer or dryer.  

Impact of Stress Incontinence  

This type of incontinence can significantly impact the quality of life. Constantly feeling self-conscious can inhibit an active lifestyle. Lack of physical activity can, in turn, lead to other physical ailments.  

Embarrassment and the stigma attached to incontinence can also force a man to overlook their symptoms.  

When should you call a doctor?  

Consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding incontinence clamps and especially if you experience any of the following: 

  • Have trouble removing the clamp. 
  • Notice discoloration, swelling, or discharge. 
  • Numbness.  
  • Pain or irritation on or around the penis.  
  • Experience anything else that may seem unusual.  

Many men develop stress incontinence after prostatectomy. This surgery involves removing the prostate gland to treat prostate cancer and can weaken the sphincter. It is one of the most common causes of stress incontinence in men. Stress incontinence can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. However, using correct and adequate incontinence devices such as penis clamps and incontinence underwear and making lifestyle changes can help you lead a healthier and happier life.   

Alternative To Cunningham Clamp

Other than Bard Cunningham Penile Clamp, HPFY offers many of the best incontinence clamps that have been considered effective by our customers. Some of these are -

1. Wiesner Incontinence Clamp

More than 10,000 satisfied customers have made Wiesner Clamp one of the best incontinence clamps available on the market. It is an external incontinence device that controls urine leakage by compressing the urethra and preventing urine flow. All Wiesner incontinence devices come with a clamp, an instruction manual, and a convenient pouch for carrying and keeping the clamp clean.

Why Use Weisner Penis Clamp?

  • It lets the user maintain an active lifestyle.
  • Fully adjustable with four different settings.
  • It is appropriate for wearing during any activity.
  • Ergonomic design promotes confidence and all-day comfort.
  • 3 inches long, 1.5 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick.
Wiesner Incontinence Clamp



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4 Star Reviews on Wiesner Incontinence Clamp


11/26/19 by Francis P.

“Very useful and practical ”    


2. Personal Medical C3 Male Incontinence Device

The C3 Incontinence Clamp efficiently controls urine leakage and restricts urine flow without reducing the blood flow. In addition, the soft foam material of the clamp feels comfortable and has a snug fitting that keeps the penile clamp secured in its place. As a result, it requires significantly less investment than incontinence pads.

Why Use C3 Penis Clamp?

  • The compact design makes it easy to conceal
  • Offers dignified and efficient solution
  • Does not impede blood flow
  • More economical than other incontinence products
  • Allows the user to go about their daily routine comfortably
Personal Medical C3 Male Incontinence Device



Personal Medical C3 Male Incontinence Device review

3.5 Star Reviews on Personal Medical C3 Male Incontinence Device


11/09/19 by Mike W.

“Works great, very convenient and comfortable. ”   


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