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Urinary Incontinence Management: Indwelling Catheters

Indwelling Catheters for Men – How do They Work?

Indwelling catheters for men come in two general varieties:

  • A intermittent catheter, which is a thin, hollow, flexible tube inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine
  •  A Foley catheter, which remains in place continuously. Foley catheters are the most common types of indwelling catheters for men and can be used for longer periods of time than a standard intermittent catheter. A Foley catheter is kept in place by an inflatable balloon that is filled with sterile water once inside the bladder, preventing it from slipping out. Urine drains from the bladder into a bag that can be attached to the thigh.

What are the Risks of Indwelling Catheters for Men?

While indwelling catheters are often considered a good option for men with more severe urinary incontinence, there are many common side effects for the user to be aware of.

Discomfort is often reported at the time of the procedure, as well pain or lingering soreness once it is in place. Internal catheters can also cause damage to the urethra and skin in the area around the catheter.

The most common side effect of indwelling catheters is urinary tract infections (UTI). Internal catheters can allow bacteria to more easily enter the urinary tract, which puts the user at a higher risk for UTI. Also, because the treatment involves antibiotics, this can lead to antibiotic resistance.

Men’s Liberty: A Better Alternative to Indwelling Catheters for Men

Unlike a standard internal or Foley catheter, Men’s Liberty is completely external. It has been specially designed to move urine away from the skin. We have sold more than 3 million units and have had no reports of urinary tract infections or skin irritation caused by the Men’s Liberty.

Don’t let male urinary incontinence run your life. Fill out the form to the right or read more about the Men’s Liberty difference today!

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