Penile Sheaths

Penile Sheaths, also known as Penis Pouches, is a popular and effective alternative to absorbent pads for many men. They fit over the penis like a condom and are attached by a tube to a drainage bag and can be used during the day and during the night. Penile Sheaths are also sometimes called condom catheters, uridomes or external catheters.

Penile Sheaths can be worn for shorter periods, for example, if you are going on a journey, watching a football match etc. If incontinence sheaths are used for shorter periods, then a special medical wipe or spray may be needed to help you remove them. There are many accessory products available which can be used to help protect the skin, increase adhesiveness if required and aid removal. Please speak to your Continence Advisor.

Penile Sheath lengths and sizes

Incontinence sheaths are available in various lengths and sizes. Most companies supply them with diameters in the range of about 20-40mm (in 5-10mm increments). This variation ensures that you have a sheath which is the correct size for you. The incontinence sheath will need to be big enough to allow natural movement of the penis but should also not be too loose as it may leak or come off completely. Before using a sheath system, you should ask for help from your health professional to ensure you use the correct size of the sheath and put it on properly.

What are Urinary Sheaths made from?

Urinary sheaths are usually made of latex or silicone rubber. Most men prefer silicone sheaths over latex ones, especially if latex sensitivity is problematic. Also, silicone is transparent, allowing some visualisation of the skin without removing the sheath. However, this is not a substitute for periodic removal of the sheath and direct skin inspection. Some sheaths are self-adhesive, and others have a separate adhesive or adhesive strip. Some sheaths can be fitted using an applicator; in some cases, this may be easier if you find it difficult to apply them by hand.

How often should Penile Sheaths be changed?

Penile Sheaths should be changed every 24 hours. To help remove the incontinence sheath, use warm soapy water and wash the penis and the surrounding area before putting on a fresh sheath. Follow the instructions that you receive with the sheath and from your continence advisor.

Penile sheaths are available to order online and on prescription.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I put on a male urinary sheath?

A urinary sheath fits over the penis like a condom and is connected to a drainage bag by a tube. It can be used both during the day and at night. Ensure the skin is completely dry before wearing a urinary sheath, and avoid the use of talcum powder. The sheath can be:

  • self-adhesive – that sticks directly to the penis
  • non-adhesive – requires the use of adhesive glue on the penis or placing a double-sided adhesive strip around the penis, so the sheath adheres to it.

Always read the manufacturer’s fitting guide before fitting, as different brands of sheath may vary. 

How do I find the right-sized Penile Sheath?

Penile Sheaths come in various sizes and lengths to fit all men. You should use a measuring guide to help you determine the correct size for you, or alternatively, you can speak to your GP for further advice on the size and fit.

When should I use a Urinary Sheath?

If you are a male patient who has mild to moderate urinary incontinence, then you may benefit from the use of a urinary sheath. They are also good for men who can’t or do not wish to wear male incontinence pads or pants.