External Condom Catheters

External catheters, also known as condom catheters, are urinary sheaths designed to cope with male incontinence. It is shaped like a condom that easily rolls over a man’s penis and is connected via tubing to a bag to collect the urine. We carry a whole variety of external catheters for male. Our range includes all-silicone self-adhering condom catheters, condom catheters with straps, external catheters with short sheath length, external male catheters with watertight adhesive seal, reusable condom catheters and much more. You can choose from latex and non-latex types as well base your selection on properties like hypoallergenic and non-sterile.

How do external catheters work

An external catheter is slipped on to a man’s penis and secured using medical adhesive or inflatable retention ring. Urine from the bladder flows out through the urethra, through the sheath and into the attached leg urinary bag or bedside urinary bag.

Condom catheters are non-invasive and hence easy to use. They are preferred by men with incontinence over the intermittent catheter or indwelling catheter. Since the catheter is not inserted, there are fewer chances of urinary tract infections and reduced trauma.

External catheters for males are available in several types and sizes. Generally, the usage period is 12-48 hours and most of these are disposable urinary sheaths. For easy inspection of skin to monitor skin health, a pop-on male catheter is useful with its clear sheath. An example is the Rochester Medical Pop-On male catheter.

The male incontinence sheath is usually connected to a urine bag that is strapped to the leg or an overnight urine bag to be hung by the bed side. But the Bioderm Liberty 3.0 external catheter has an integral collection chamber that can hold up to 8 fl.oz.

Choosing a condom catheter

Your choice of a condom catheter will depend on:

Size: Condom catheter sizing is important because if too small, then applying the catheter will be difficult and can cause irritation, pain and injury. If too big then there is risk of leakage and staying securely in place. Check a sizing guide to determine which device will fit you right. Till you get the size right, keep a lookout for any occurrence of ischemia or restricted blood flow and penile obstruction which may be the result of too tight a sheath. Any skin irritation can be avoided by using a skin barrier product over the skin before rolling on the condom catheter.

Sensitivity: If you have a latex allergy, opt for silicone catheters or latex-free sheath condoms which are also self-adhering. Coloplast Conveen Optima external condom catheter is made of PSX silicone material. It has an anti-leakage system of a push ring with sure grip ribs, anti-kink bellow to ensure free flow and balanced adhesive.

Our latex condom catheter range is huge and from manufacturers like Coloplast, Hollister, Rusch, Urocare, Bard and Amsino. The Hollister extended wear latex external catheter has double convolutions to prevent kinking and twisting as well as an inner flap to minimize urine back flow. The Freedom Clear Advantage male external catheter from Coloplast has aloe in the adhesive to protect the skin and a kink resistant nozzle to ensure free flow at all times.


How to keep a condom catheter on

Condom catheters may be self-adhering and have an adhesive on the inner ring while others have adhesive tapes to hold the catheter in place. An inflatable retention ring and foam straps are other options to secure the catheter. The Rochester wide band condom catheter has a 3-inch wide adhesive area that is 70% wider than traditional self-adhering catheters.

We have quality male external catheters from top catheter brands such as Freedom, Conveen, Spirit, Uro-Con, Kendall, Active-Cath, etc. Click here to get a quick tutorial on catheters for men.

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