Things to Know About Male External Catheters

Proper management of incontinence can put an end to the fear of experiencing a leak in public and help you return to your normal life.

Male external catheters are a treatment option for men with urinary incontinence. Users apply the external catheter on the outside of the penis and connect it to a leg bag or beside drainage bag to collect urine. External catheters may be a good option for men with uncontrollable urinary incontinence and leakage. 

Who Can Use External Catheters?

External catheters are designed for men with urinary incontinence. They are used for men who can pass urine freely but cannot always control when the urine is released. External catheters are not appropriate for individuals with urinary retention. 

Benefits of Male External Catheters for Urinary Incontinence Management

  • External catheters may be an excellent, non-invasive option to stay clean and dry for men with urinary incontinence. 
  • External catheters can reduce the negative impact of urinary incontinence by controlling odors, reducing skin breakdown, preventing wet clothing and sheets, and avoiding the need to wear diapers. 
  • They are less likely than internal catheters to cause a urinary tract infection. 

Sizing Importance

Sizing is important to prevent leakage and/or skin damage. Leakage may result if the catheter is too loose, but constriction may occur if too tight. Male External Catheters are flexible and offer a snug but not overly tight fit. To get the right fit, measure the circumference of the penis with a size guide or metric measuring tape. The penis should be measured in its relaxed flaccid state at the widest spot.

If the measurement ranges between two sizes, the smaller sized MEC will most often be more comfortable and work better. The larger of the two sizes may become loose and come off or allow urine leakage leading to skin damage and complications over time. Conversely, a size that is too small and tight can cause constriction, restriction of blood flow or obstruction. It may take some trial and error to find the size that works best.

100% Silicone Male External Catheter with Pull Tab

Here at BioRelief we offer “The Conveen Optima External Male Catheter” is a Latex-Free one piece condom catheter. Made of 100% soft silicone that is breathable with a balanced adhesive to provide security and is gentle on the skin.  A triple action anti-leak system features a anti-kink below, sure grip ribs, and push ring ensures maximum security to the leg bag. 

A winner of the 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award for its unique design, ease to use, and reliability for skin friendliness. If you have any questions about any of the products, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support for more information.

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