Condom drainage

Common bladder and bowel problems

Condom drainage is a method for men experiencing urinary incontinence to collect and drain urine. A condom connects to a drainage bag, which drains the urine into the urine storage bag.

Here we share answers to common questions we receive around condom drainage. Please note the information supplied is general in nature and you should consult your medical practioner for individual advice.

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FAQs about condom drainage

During summer I like to wear shorts but find that the catheter drainage bag shows. Are there smaller bags that won't show?

I am using condom drainage but find that the condom rolls and the adhesive sticks to my clothing. Sometimes it actually comes off. Is there anything to stop this from happening?

My friend uses condom drainage for urinary incontinence. He swears by them and recommended that I try them. He gave me a couple but I haven't had any luck with keeping them on. They work for a few hours and then come off. Why don't they work for me?

For overnight drainage I have been connecting a urinary plastic drainage bottle to my leg bag. I have been told that these are no longer available. Are there alternatives?

I am a quadriplegic (incomplete) with a permanent catheter. My drainage bag becomes full during the night and I have to get someone up to empty it. Are there any larger bags available?

Can I adjust the length of the tube on my drainage bag?

I've been trialling condom drainage. My nurse gave me a sizing guide and the condom seems to be the right size but I have problems with it coming off. It seems to roll back on itself. What causes this?

A friend told me that there was a tap available that could be connected to my catheter so that I don't have to wear a drainage bag. Why didn't I get told about them when I had my catheter inserted?

We also answer common questions for general incontinencecatheters and disposable pads.

Please note the information supplied is general in nature. Please consult your medical practioner for individual advice.