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What are condom catheters?

A condom, or external, catheter covers the penis like a condom. The tip of the catheter is attached to a tube that drains urine into a drainage bag. Condom catheters are often used to manage urinary incontinence.  

To ensure proper urine collection, it’s important to select the appropriate external male catheter size; there are several sizes and styles available.


Note: Condom catheters should be changed daily to help prevent infection.


Some features available in condom catheters



  • Self-adhering
  • Silicone (latex-free)
  • Hydrocolloid (removes moisture)
  • Sport length
  • Regular length


Benefits of condom catheters



  • Easy to attach and remove
  • Less invasive than other types of catheters
  • Some are a clear material allowing monitoring the skin condition where the catheter is applied
  • Available in non-latex materials




Condom catheters should be attached gently to the penis. If the attachment is too tight, it may block the urethra and cause pain. Alternatively, if the attachment is too loose, urine may leak around the edge of the catheter. Your doctor may suggest different adhesive options to help the condom catheter stay in place.



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