Condom Catheter for Incontinence


A condom catheter functions to gather urine, shaped similarly to a condom with a tube linked to a collection bag, often fastened to the leg. It’s alternatively referred to as an external urinary catheter or a penile sheath catheter.

Reasons for using a condom catheter

Individuals with urinary incontinence, a condition characterized by the unintentional leakage of urine due to loss of bladder control, might opt for a condom catheter. Other external incontinence products include absorbent pads and disposable absorbent underwear. Additionally, there are indwelling catheters that are inserted into the urethra.

There may be other reasons to use a catheter as well. These include mobility limitations or recent medical procedures that restrict movement.


External catheter risks or problems include:

  • Skin disorders ranging from minor rashes to necrosis (death of tissue).
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Leaking of urine.

If you are unable to put the device on and take it off or if you have a blockage in your urinary system, your doctor might not prescribe a condom catheter.

Before the procedure

Begin by selecting the appropriate product. Condom catheters are available in latex or silicone materials, so it’s crucial to consider this if you have a latex allergy.

These catheters are offered in various sizes. To determine the correct size, measure the circumference of your penis at the base of the shaft, where it is widest. This measurement will guide you in choosing the suitable size.

You can also decide on the application method. Some condom catheters are self-adhesive, while others are non-adhesive. For non-adhesive types, you’ll need to use skin-safe glue, tapes, or adhesive strips to secure them in place.

During the procedure

For Male
The same technique used to apply a condom is also used to apply a condom catheter: roll it onto your penis, leaving a tiny gap at the tip. This gap should be around 0.5 inches in length. Urine flow will be enhanced by this.

Verify that the condom fits snugly but comfortably, without being excessively tight. You connect the condom catheter to the pee drainage/collection bag after attaching it to your clean skin.

Certain brands of external catheters are designed to be used with specific undergarments that aid in maintaining the catheter’s position.

Hands should always be cleaned with soap and water before inserting the catheter. Make sure your penis and the surrounding area are clean before applying adhesive or using skin glue. After inserting the catheter, wash your hands with soap and water.

For Female
Even though the female anatomy is more difficult to cover than the penis, there are external catheters available for those with such anatomy.

In one version, the vulva is covered by an external catheter system. This kind of urine collection equipment uses a soft, absorbent pad that drains into a urine collecting bag, and it includes adjustable underwear.

A other kind of female external urinary catheter resembles a thin banana with its curved tube. It stretches from your pubic bone to your buttocks and is coated in absorbent wicking material. The catheter connects to a collection container and operates with a small vacuum.

These catheters are meant to be used when sitting or lying down; they are not meant to be used while moving around.

After the procedure

Once the urine collection bag is full, it requires emptying. It’s advisable to replace your condom catheter daily.

When changing or attaching your catheter, always wash your hands with soap and water. Never reuse the catheters. If you plan to reuse the drainage bag, ensure thorough washing.