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What is an external catheter? An external catheter is a sheath worn on the outside of the penis for men with urinary incontinence. External cathe ... [read more]

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter

2154
  • Thin latex catheter
  • Comes with connector tube
  • Bulk quantity only
From $76.45

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter with Foam Strap

2155
  • 2" connector tube
  • Adhesive strips included
  • Latex external catheter
From $0.66

Covidien Dover - Texas Catheter Take Home Pack

2157
  • Components for 12 catheters
  • One-sided adhesive foam strips
  • Conveniently packaged
From $9.64

Urocare - Universal Male Urinal Kit

2269
  • Adjusts using velcro closures along waistband
  • Detachable sheath for easy cleaning
  • Attaches easily to a leg bag or drainage bag
From $72.37

Urocare - Male Urinal Sheath

2270
  • Length: 4" or 7"
  • Double odor protection
  • Includes a drain valve
From $32.59

Urocare - Standard Male Urinal Kit

2273
  • Stretchable fabric waist band and corset fastener
  • Male urinal collection system attaches to leg bag/drainage bag
  • Detachable sheath for easy cleaning
From $72.88

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter

2278
  • Size: 25mm, 30mm and 35mm sizes
  • Choose from a 2" or 4" tube
  • Does not contain an adhesive strip
From $0.97

Urocare Uro-Con - 4" Texas Catheter with Urofoam Strip

2280
  • Size: 30mm and 35mm
  • Latex male external condom catheter
  • Adhesive strip and connector included
From $1.61

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter Tube Inserts

2290
  • Easy to use
  • Connects tube with the sheath
  • 100 inserts per box
From $16.27

Urocare Uro-Con - Texas Catheter Sheaths

2314
  • Used to make your own Texas catheters
  • Thin yet strong
  • Latex condom catheter sheaths
From $34.63

Urocare - Universal Urinal Suspensory Garment

3285
  • For use with the Urocare Male Urinal Sheath
  • Fits waist sizes 26" through 46"
  • Machine washable
From $48.40

Urocare - Standard Urinal Suspensory Garment

3671
  • Machine washable
  • For use with the Urocare male urinal sheath
  • Three sizes to choose from
From $50.95

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Urinal Replacement Bag

3759
  • Pair of button leg straps included
  • 18" tubing and connector
  • Twist drain port
From $17.29

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Urinal Replacement Sheath

3760
  • 7" sheath with connector
  • One size fits most
  • Reusable
From $21.37

HealthSmart - McGuire-Style Male Urinal System

3761
  • Corset fastener
  • One size fits most
  • Sheath, catheter bag, and accessories included
From $65.23

Urocare Uro-Con - 2" Texas Catheter with Urofoam Strip

4138
  • Sizes: 25mm and 30mm
  • Connector and adhesive strip included
  • Latex Texas catheter
From $1.22

Coloplast Freedom Cath - Latex Condom Catheter

1934
  • Sterile catheter
  • Easy to apply
  • Watertight adhesive seal
From $1.43

Coloplast Conveen Optima - Standard Length Condom Catheter

1351
  • Secure, skin-friendly adhesive
  • Special design protects against leaks
  • Discreet packaging
  • Latex free catheter
From $1.65

Bard Ultraflex - Self Adhering Condom Catheter

2057
  • Transparent with skin friendly adhesive
  • Kink-resistant funnel
  • Latex free catheter
From $1.11

Bard Wide Band - Self Adhering Condom Catheter

2058
  • Latex free catheter
  • Kink-resistant design
  • 3" wide with 70% more adhesive
From $1.48

Bard POP-ON - Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

2056
  • Latex free silicone catheter
  • Self adhering
  • 1 1/2" long
  • Ideal for men with a retracted penis
From $1.35

Hollister Everyday - Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

1718
  • Attaches easily for a safe, secure hold
  • Resists kinking and tearing
  • Plastic collar
From $1.43

Coloplast Clear Advantage - Silicone Condom Catheter with Aloe

1925
  • Kink-resistant nozzle
  • Durable adhesive with aloe
  • Transparent condom catheter
  • Maximum wear and breathability
From $1.81

Coloplast Freedom Clear - Silicone External Catheter

1917
  • Sterile
  • Latex free catheter
  • Kink-resistant nozzle
  • Ultra thin sheath
From $1.81

Coloplast Active Cath - Latex Condom Catheter

1935
  • Watertight seal for longer wear time
  • Shortened sheath
  • Reservoir bulb
From $1.47
Description

What is an external catheter?

An external catheter is a sheath worn on the outside of the penis for men with urinary incontinence. External catheters are an alternative to adult diapers.


How long can you wear an external catheter?

Generally, an external catheter can be worn for up to 24 hours before needing to be removed and changed. You may need to change the catheter sooner if you experience any skin irritation or if urine begins to leak.


Additional Information

Some external catheters are made of one single piece, while other styles are constructed of a few pieces. No matter which type of external catheter you use, a drainage bag is used along with it to collect urinary drainage. It is important that you wear the correct size catheter to ensure that it stays on and works properly. Please see our blog for information on condom catheter sizes and more.

A condom catheter is composed of one piece of molded silicone or latex. The flexible material makes it easy to roll the catheter onto the shaft of the penis. These catheters are non-invasive, which greatly reduces the risk of urethral trauma and urinary tract infections. Some condom catheters are made from transparent material, while others are opaque. One benefit of the clear catheters is that you can monitor the condition of your skin. Condom catheters are available in standard length as well as short sheath options to provide the best fit.

Many condom catheters are self-adhesive, meaning that they have already have adhesive on the inside of the sheath when you buy them. If you choose to use a catheter that is not self-adhering, it is a good idea to use an additional adhesive or a catheter fastener. A liquid adhesive is brushed onto the skin before applying the catheter. Another option is using an adhesive catheter strip. Some strips have adhesive on one side and are wrapped around the outside of the catheter. Other straps are adhesive on both sides, and are placed underneath the catheter sheath. Adhesive strips can only be used once. There are also fabric straps that secure using velcro. These can be washed and reused. The securement method you use comes down to personal preference.

A Texas catheter is made of three pieces. These include a thin latex sheath, a rigid silicone tube, and a plastic catheter insert. The sheath is rolled onto the penis and urine flows through the attached silicone tube. The plastic insert is what holds the tube and sheath together. Keep in mind that Texas catheter sheaths do not have adhesive on the inside. You have the option of using a catheter strap to hold the sheath in place. Texas catheters can be purchased already assembled, or you can buy the supplies separately to make your own at home.

Another type of external catheter is a McGuire urinal. The design is similar to a jock strap with a flexible sheath. These sheath attaches to the garment using snap buttons. The waistbands of McGuire urinals fasten with either velcro or a tie closure. Both of these closure methods provide a secure fit. It is important to note that not all of the buttons on McGuire urinals are universal. You must make sure that the sheath and strap are compatible with one another before purchasing. The end of the sheath has a special connector that attaches to the drainage bag. You have to purchase a McGuire style urine bag, as other bags do not have the correct connector.

Once you decide on an external catheter style, you will need to purchase a drainage bag to use in conjunction. A catheter leg bag is used along with a male catheter to collect urine throughout the day. A leg bag can be worn on your thigh or calf. If you want to wear the catheter bag on your thigh, you can attach the drainage bag right to the end of the catheter or use a short piece of extension tubing to connect the two. If you prefer to wear the leg bag on your calf, you will need to use longer extension tubing. A leg bag is only meant to be worn while you are up and moving. Urine will not drain properly if the catheter bag is in a horizontal position, such as when you are laying down. An large overnight catheter bag or a plastic drainage bottle should be used for to collect urine at night.

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