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How Does a Catheter Work?

Urinary Incontinence Options For Men

Catheters, adult diapers, pads, and medications are common methods used to manage urinary incontinence in men. If you’re considering a catheter to help manage your incontinence, read the copy below to learn how catheters work and which option is right for you.

How Foley Catheters Work

A Foley catheter, also called an internal or indwelling catheter, is a sterile tube that is inserted into the urethra. A balloon that is filled with a special solution is connected to the end of the catheter. This balloon sits inside the bladder to hold the catheter in place. Urine drains through the tube into a drainage bag that is outside the body. The drainage bag should be placed below waist level and should be emptied every 3-6 hours.

How Traditional External Catheters Work

A traditional male external catheter, also called a condom catheter, is essentially a sheath that covers the penis. Some external catheters have an adhesive to help keep it in place. At the tip of the catheter is a tube that connects to a drainage bag that sits outside the body. Like Foley catheters, the bag should be emptied regularly. Unlike Foley catheters, condom catheters must be removed periodically– typically once every 24 hours – so the genital area can be cleaned.

How Men’s Liberty Works

Men’s Liberty is an alternative to Foley and traditional external catheters. While it works in much the same way as an external catheter, Men’s Liberty also directs urine away from the skin, drastically reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.

Watch the videos below to learn more about how Men’s Liberty works.

How to apply Men’s Liberty:

How to remove Men’s Liberty:

Still have questions?

Contact our Customer Care Specialists are available at 1-800-814-3174 or download the Men’s Liberty Application Instructions manual today.

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