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Why External Catheters are Better than Internal Catheters

Comparing External Catheters and Internal Catheters for Male Urinary Incontinence

There are two main types of catheters men can use to manage their urinary incontinence symptoms. Both can be used for the long or short term depending on the type of bladder dysfunction, and are often utilized when other measures such as medications don’t work.

An internal catheter is probably what most people think of when they hear the word “catheter”. This type of device is usually a flexible tube that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder.

On the other hand, external catheters  can also be used for male urinary incontinence. This type of catheter fits over the penis and connects to a drainage bag that is most often attached to the leg.

The Disadvantages of Internal Catheters

Internal or indwelling catheters have some clear disadvantages to their users. First of all, they need to be inserted by a doctor and/or nurse, so your independence becomes somewhat compromised. Leakage is a common occurrence with internal catheters. Finally, a huge issue using indwelling catheters is the increased risk for urinary tract infections.

The Benefits of an External Catheter

Conversely, an external catheter can be much easier and convenient for men to use. Studies have shown that those who utilize external catheters experience less UTIs than those using internal catheters. They also can help reduce the cost of incontinence supplies needed on a regular basis, and many men are able to apply them on their own without the help of a caregiver or nurse.

Choosing Incontinence Supplies for Men

When you’re trying to choose the right incontinence supplies for men, consider Men’s Liberty – a better alternative to traditional external catheters. Men’s Liberty reduces the risk of UTIs and skin infections, and since your skin never comes into contact with urine you’ll stay comfortable and dry for up to 24  hours!

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