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Ask a Nurse: What is a Sheath?

When it comes to managing incontinence, there can sometimes be a reliance on incontinence pads. Pads are the most commonly used product for urinary leakage, but for men, a condom catheter or sheath system can be a better and more dignified way of managing their continence needs.

Naomi, our Clinical Lead, explains what a sheath system is.

What is a Sheath?

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A sheath, or condom catheter, is an external catheter that is worn like a condom for males. Unlike most catheters, the condom catheter doesn’t absorb urine, it collects it and sends it to a drainage bag or valve.

Is a Sheath Suitable for Me?

Is a sheath suitable

If you are a male and your issue is urinary leakage, as opposed to urinary retention, then a sheath system might just be the right solution for you. If you are interested in using a sheath system, but you are not sure whether it would be suitable, you can arrange an assessment with a Nightingale Nurse. They will be able to talk through your options with you, advise on the right sheath for your needs and address any potential concerns or queries you may have.

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