Men can use urinary sheaths or uridomes (often called condom drainage) if they have urinary incontinence and don't want to, or can't, wear pads. They fit over the penis like a condom and are attached at the end to a drainage bag to collect and store the urine until it can be emptied.
Urinary sheaths come in a range of lengths and sizes. A continence nurse advisor or other heath care professional will know about the different products available, measure the penis and choose the right sheath for the man. Read the man's care plan and only use the product named there, as it will be suitable for him. Don't use a sheath recommended for a different person. If the sheath doesn't fit correctly, it can fall off, cause damage to the penis, or leak urine.
Sheaths have different features. They can be different in:
Urinary sheaths are attached to a leg bag that collects the urine. You can find more information about attaching a leg bag here.
Sheaths can only be worn once and then taken off and thrown away. A sheath shouldn't be worn for more than 24 hours.
If you are not sure how to use a urinary sheath, you can get help from your supervisor or call the National Continence Helpline 18OO 33 OO 66 for advice.
If there is a rash on or around the penis or the skin is damaged, you should get help from a GP.
Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence nurse advisor.
Men with short penises:
If the sheath doesn't fit properly it may:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.