Ask the Nurse: Everything you ever wanted to know about Condom Drainage but were afraid to ask.

Condom drainage (also known as male sheaths, uridomes, urisheaths or male external catheters) is a method for men experiencing urinary incontinence to collect and drain their urine. A condom connects to a drainage bag, which drains the urine into a urine storage bag.

Here our continence nurse, Phil, answers some common questions you might have about condom drainage.

How do I put a condom catheter on?

Download or expand the below guide to follow the measurement, preparation, application and aftercare steps of using a condom catheter.


How can I help prevent an infection?

  • Remove the condom every day.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after doing catheter care.
  • Wash your penis at least once a day (including under the foreskin).
  • Clean your urine bag with soap and water at least once a week.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • Your penis becomes red, purple, or swollen.
  • Your urine is thick, cloudy, or has mucus in it.
  • Your urine looks bloodstained.
  • Your urine has an offensive odour.
  • No urine has drained from the catheter for 2 to 4 hours (except overnight).
  • You have pain or burning in your urethra, bladder, or abdomen.
  • You have shaking chills, or a fever.

For more great advice about condom drainage, visit our ‘Ask the Nurse’ page here.