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How to Apply an External Catheter

How to Use a Condom Catheter

When a man suffers from urinary incontinence, a common product used to help manage his symptoms is a condom catheter, also called an external catheter. Unlike indwelling or Foley catheters, an external catheter is essentially a sheath that covers the penis, most often kept in place by an adhesive. A drainage bag sits outside the body and the condom must be removed at least once every 24 hours.

How to Apply a Condom Catheter or External Catheter

When applying an external catheter, there are a few steps to take to ensure it works properly:

1. Prepare the skin by thoroughly cleansing with a mild soap like Ivory or Gold Bar Dial soap. Do not use soaps containing moisturizers, and avoid using lotions or creams around the area. Thoroughly dry the skin.
2. Apply the external catheter by placing it on the head of the penis, maintaining a gap of about ¼” to ¾” between the penis and the sheath. Hold it in place with one hand, while gently unrolling it toward the base of the penis. Squeeze the catheter around the shaft for several seconds to ensure adhesion.
3. Connect the urine collection bag by inserting the plastic connector tip of the tubing into the full length of the catheter tip.

The Men’s Liberty Difference

Men’s Liberty is not your typical external catheter. While many of the steps above are the same, Men’s Liberty uses a unique hydrocolloid seal that is guaranteed not to leak as it directs urine away from the skin and into the small collection pouch. Plus, our design fits men of all sizes, so there is no need to worry about selecting the correct size.

Watch the video below for step by step instructions on how easy it is to apply Men’s Liberty.

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