What is a urinary sheath?

Many men affected by urinary incontinence wear incontinence pads, but did you know there’s a more discreet alternative? Urinary sheaths (sometimes known as condom catheters) can be used as an effective way of managing male urinary incontinence.

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Incontinence pads for men

For some men, wearing incontinence pads can have a negative impact on quality of life. They can feel uncomfortable and bulky, and the material can create a rustling noise on movement, making some people feel self-conscious. Incontinence pads are designed to absorb and wick moisture from urine away from the skin. However, if they’re not changed frequently enough, moisture can accumulate, and this can cause irritation to the skin in the genital area. In addition to this, there’s also the worry about smelling of urine – an unfortunate (and untrue) stigma which is sometimes associated with older people.


Urinary sheaths

Urinary sheaths can massively improve the quality of life compared to individuals who use incontinence pads. It’s important individuals are offered a choice so they’re able to select whichever product they think they’ll feel most comfortable using.

Urinary sheaths are similar in appearance to a condom. They’re applied to the penis (either by the individual or their carer) and stay in place thanks to a skin-friendly adhesive on the inside of the sheath. There’s a soft, silicone tube on the end where a leg bag can be attached. Because urine drains directly into the leg bag, the surrounding skin remains dry. Odour is also less of a concern with urine contained within the leg bag. Urinary sheaths can also create a better experience in terms of patient dignity as they’re much more discreet and for many, can feel more hygienic.


Any questions?

If you have any questions at all about sheaths, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team of Customer Care Advisors!

Call 020 3987 7560 or email hello@vyne.co.uk.