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 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.
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By Phil Wilkinson
Urology and Continence Nurse
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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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