What Is a Condom Catheter
A condom catheter is a male external catheter made up of silicone or latex or sheath, worn by men just like condoms to collect the urine which the bladder drains out. After collecting the urine from the bladder, it is sent to the drainage bag attached to the person.
Men typically use a condom catheter to manage their urinary incontinence (unable to control the bladder) needs. One places it directly over the penis, which is further attached to a drainage bag via tube.
Many catheters have adhesive at their ends, which allows them to stick to the person's body for the entire day. However, one can choose a reusable condom catheter, which one can change as per their convenience.
What is Condom Drainage?
Condom drainage is the complete outer urinary drainage system only for men. If a man faces urine incontinence, they can use this 2-piece system, a condom catheter (made of silicone), and a drainage bag that collects urine. Hence, a catheter is a part of this external drainage system.
Reasons to Use Condom Catheters
Here are the major reasons when doctors suggest condom catheter use:
- Urine incontinence: It often happens when you don't have control over the bladder and fails to prevent urine from leaking out of the urethra. In such situations, condom catheters help you remain clean and dry throughout your chores.
- Dementia: Incontinence is the later stage of dementia. It is the situation when you fail to notice urinating needs.
- Overactive bladder: It is an urgent situation when you need to urinate but fail to reach the bathroom. In such situations, when you don't have control over your bladder, a condom urine catheter may help you avoid such accidents.
- Limited Mobility: Men suffering from limb movement issues find it hard to reach the bathroom without others' help. Condom catheters help them to be comfortable without relying on anyone.
Who Should Use a Condom Catheter?
Irrespective of these reasons, one can even use a condom catheter if:
- One goes through alcohol withdrawal, failing to control their urination.
- One should not or cannot use an internal catheter.
- Doctors need the exact amount of urine expelled for the correct determination of diuretics medication dose.
Benefits of Condom Catheter
- Generally, internal male catheters are risky as they have a high infection rate. However, condom catheters have less chance of causing urinary tract infections.
- It is non-invasive or doesn't need to be inserted within the body.
- If you choose the correct size, it is very comfortable to use.
- There are varied tubing size options, which provide you with a plethora of options for retracted penises.
Disadvantages of Condom Catheter
The major limitation of using a condom catheter is irritation if it is attached to the penis too tightly. Can condom catheters cause UTI? It is a common question that pops into a person's mind. Although the chances are less, one should check the dislodgement and leaking issues.
One should either stick the tube to the leg or strap well so that it does not move. It solves the dislodgement issue to a great extent. Sometimes, it is quite painful if not inserted properly and may cause allergic reactions in some cases.
Condom Catheter Kit
Condom catheter kits have different features and sizes, which alters the condom catheter price. Generally, a condom catheter kit includes:
- Seven or more condoms in a kit, with or without adhesive
- Sheath holder for keeping the condoms in a proper place
- A tube, collection bag, and adjustable straps to attach to your legs
A doctor's consultation and guidance would be better before buying a kit.
How to Apply a Condom Catheter?
- Firstly, wash your hands properly and rinse your penis; allow the latter to dry completely.
- Check any sores to avoid irritation before putting on the condom. Now, apply the sealant to the penis and allow it to dry.
- Slowly and gradually, roll down the condom over the penis while leaving some space at the tip.
- Let the extra adhesive dry while holding the condom in a proper place for a few seconds.
- Now, wrap the sheath at the condom base, loose enough to ensure proper blood flow.
- Lastly, connect the collection bag while strapping it to the legs below the knee. Walk a few steps to make sure it is comfortable enough.
How to Care for a Condom Catheter?
- Replace the condom catheter after every 24 hours.
- Empty the collection bag once it is half full or after every three hours and eight hours for small and large bags, respectively.
- Rinse the condom with plain water and the bag with warm water, if it is reusable.