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Ask the Nurse: Everything you ever wanted to know about Condom Drainage

Condom drainage (also known as male sheaths, uridomes, urisheaths, condom catheter or male external catheters) is a method for men experiencing urinary incontinence to collect and drain their urine. A condom connects to a drainage bag, which drains the urine into a urine storage bag.

Here our continence nurse, Phil, answers some common questions you might have about condom drainage.

How do I put a condom catheter on?

Download or expand the below guide to follow the measurement, preparation, application and aftercare steps of using a condom catheter.

How can I help prevent an infection when using a condom catheter or condom drainage?

  • Remove the condom every day.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after doing catheter care.
  • Wash your penis at least once a day (including under the foreskin).
  • Clean your urine bag with soap and water at least once a week.

Watch the video below of Phil who gives us 11 of his best tips for a healthier bladder

By Phil Wilkinson
Urology and Continence Nurse

What’s next?

Independence Australia stocks a range of bladder products.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • Your penis becomes red, purple, or swollen.
  • Your urine is thick, cloudy, or has mucus in it.
  • Your urine looks bloodstained.
  • Your urine has an offensive odour.
  • No urine has drained from the catheter for 2 to 4 hours (except overnight).
  • You have pain or burning in your urethra, bladder, or abdomen.
  • You have shaking chills, or a fever.

For more great advice about condom drainage, check out our health guide here 

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