Devices and products for incontinence are among the many ways men can manage urine leakage and other urinary incontinence symptoms. Various devices and products for incontinence are available both over the counter and through healthcare providers. These devices and products can be used along with medications and behavioral therapies as part of any treatment program you and your healthcare provider develop.
- Absorbent pads and adult diapers are among the most commonly used devices and products for incontinence to help men manage urine leakage. Absorbent products are available from pharmacies and retail stores and are often used immediately after surgery. Pads and adult diapers can be helpful while you use medications and other therapies or if other treatments for incontinence have not been successful. Take care when using adult diapers or absorbent pads because they can cause skin irritation and/or skin infections.
- Penile clamps and rings are usually recommended only for men who have severe urinary incontinence, because these items can be problematic. A penile clamp (e.g., Cunningham clamp) is a cushioned device that is placed over the penis to prevent urine leakage. Compressions rings are placed around the penis and are inflated to prevent leakage. Use of either penile clamps or compression rings requires that you remove them every 2 to 3 hours so you can empty your bladder. If these devices are not used correctly, they can damage the penile and urethral tissue and cause swelling, pain, and obstruction, and even hinder the development of muscle control necessary to regain urinary continence.
- Collection devices typically consist of a condom-like object that is placed over the penis and held in place with Velcro. Urine is collected via a tube that runs from the device to a collection bag that men can wear strapped to their leg. Collection devices are usually used in addition to penile clamps and should be avoided immediately after surgery.
- Catheters can be a short-term treatment option for urinary incontinence. However, prolonged use can lead to an increased risk of infection and irritation and the possibility of losing bladder muscle control, which will then make it more difficult for men to regain urinary continence. An option to a catheter that is inserted into the urethra is called a Texas catheter, which uses a special condom that is attached to a tube and placed over the penis.
- Constriction bands are flexible or rigid bands that are placed around the base of the penis after a man has achieved an erection. Men can use constriction bands to help control urine leakage related to sexual activity. Men can change the amount of pressure exerted by the band. However, some men experience pain or discomfort when using constriction bands or find them too unnatural to use. Constriction bands should never be worn for longer than 30 minutes or they can damage the penis.