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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]
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Coloplast Clear Advantage - Silicone Condom Catheter with Aloe

  • Kink-resistant nozzle
  • Durable adhesive with aloe
  • Transparent condom catheter
  • Maximum wear and breathability
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Coloplast Freedom Cath - Latex Condom Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Easy to apply
  • Watertight adhesive seal
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Coloplast Active Cath - Latex Condom Catheter

  • Watertight seal for longer wear time
  • Shortened sheath
  • Reservoir bulb
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Rusch Golden-Drain - Latex Condom Catheter with Foam Strap

  • Comes with a foam strap
  • Twist-proof design
  • Cup shaped sheath
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Rusch Golden-Drain - Male External Latex Condom Catheter (Bulk - Catheter only)

  • One piece male catheter
  • Resists twisting
  • Bulk package, catheters only
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Bard POP-ON - Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

  • Latex free silicone catheter
  • Self adhering
  • 1 1/2" long
  • Ideal for men with a retracted penis
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Bard Ultraflex - Self Adhering Condom Catheter

  • Transparent with skin friendly adhesive
  • Kink-resistant funnel
  • Latex free catheter
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Bard Wide Band - Self Adhering Condom Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Kink-resistant design
  • 3" wide with 70% more adhesive
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Bard - Silicone Condom Catheter with Strap

  • Latex free
  • Comes with 3 velcro straps
  • Adhesive free male external catheter
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Covidien Dover UriDrain - Latex Male External Catheter with 1-Sided Strip

  • Measures: 3/4" x 5"
  • Funnel end catheter
  • Comes with an adhesive strap
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Urocare Uro-Cath - Male External Condom Catheter

  • Twist proof catheter
  • Does not include adhesive strip
  • Molded, one-piece male external catheter with funnel
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Urocare Uro-Cath - Male External Catheter with Strip

  • Includes Urofoam one-sided adhesive strip
  • Available in 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, and 40mm
  • Molded, one-piece male external condom catheter with twist-resistant funnel
From $1.51

Covidien Dover UriDrain - Latex Male External Catheter with 2-Sided Strip

  • Measures 1" x 5"
  • Funnel end
  • Includes 2-sided foam adhesive strip and prep pad
From $1.13

Bard Spirit - Style 1 Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Sheath length: 3"
  • Traditional condom catheter length and placement
  • Hydrocolloid adhesive sheath
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Bard Spirit - Style 2 Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

  • 1 1/2" sheath length
  • Maximum adhesive area
  • Latex free catheter
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Bard Spirit - Style 3 Self Adhesive Condom Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • 70% more hydrocolloid adhesive
  • 2Forward adhesive placement
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Coloplast Conveen Optima - Sport Length Condom Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Short sheath
  • Double grip strip for easy and secure application
From $1.65

Urocare Uro-Cath - Male External Catheter with Double Sided Foam Strip

  • Twist-proof funnel
  • Includes Urofoam two-sided adhesive strip
  • Size: 35mm
From $89.20

Coloplast Security + - Self-Sealing Condom Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Applicator grip with roll out strip ensures a secure application
  • Anti-kink bellows with end push ring helps connect to a urine bag
From $1.98

Urocare Uro-Cath - Male External Catheter with Double Sided Foam Strip and Uro-Prep Wipe

  • Size: 35mm
  • Molded, one-piece male external condom catheter with twist-resistant funnel
  • Includes: Urofoam two-sided adhesive strip and Uro-Prep skin barrier wipe
From $97.87

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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