External male catheters are used for occasions where you know you may have troubles finding or getting to a bathroom, or do not want to be interrupted by frequent or urgent urination. Truck and taxi drivers, long-distance travel, sports events, and other occasions are just some possible users or uses of these wonderful devices.
They go over your penis like a condom, and have a tube at the end to drain into a bag. The trick is to keep them from falling off or getting loose so that they leak or do not work properly.
Size Matters! This is where an honest measurement of your favorite part must be accurate! Cheat and call it longer or thicker and you will leak! If the external catheter is too small, it may hurt you over the time it is on. Go here to download a sizing chart: Merlin Medical Supply Sizing Chart
Now that you know what the right size is for you, I will explain how a external male catheter works and help you choose what kind to buy.
You have several choices of external condom catheters, all of which attach to a drainage bag with a tube. They come in rubber, polyvinyl or silicone. They're attached by double-sided adhesive, a latex inflatable cuff, jockey's type strap, or foam strap. They're disposable and really shouldn't be used for more than 24 to 48 hours. Reusable ones are available.
Always remember with any catheter that there is a risk of infection and even external catheters can cause skin irritation: there is adhesive inside that sticks to the skin of the penis and wraps around it.
Here are step-by-step instructions for using external condom catheters:
Different men have different levels of activity. Therefore, urinary drainage storage bags come in various sizes. So, for example, men who are still active can get a smaller bag.
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As you have read, there are many types of external male catheters. You will have to read more and explore to find ones that work best for you. The best idea is to try several types and see what works for you.
Sources of External Condom Catheters
Be prepared if you have any symptoms of a prostate problem. Get a kit together so if an emergency happens, you can handle it safely. In fact, a catheter should be part of every first aid emergency kit today, as well as knowing how to use it.
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