Urinary sheaths – a discreet alternative to incontinence pads
For those who need to have a sheath fitted, we understand a big issue can be confidence – the confidence to do all the things you’re used to doing. As specialists in urology products, we see a lot of common misconceptions about urinary sheaths, which is very understandable due to the lack of awareness surrounding incontinence.
In this article we aim to clear up all the questions you may have in good old myth busting fashion! Whether you’re new to sheaths or simply looking for a refresher – this is the guide for you.
What is a urinary sheath?
A sheath is a condom-like covering which fits over the penis and has an outlet tube, it is used by males with urinary incontinence. It is often used as an alternative to incontinence pads as it is more comfortable.
A urinary sheath can either be:
self-adhesive – stick directly to the penis
non-adhesive – uses an adhesive glue or an adhesive strip.
What does a urinary sheath look like?
A sheath looks like a condom with an outlet tube at the end – when you receive your sheath it will come rolled up and is then rolled onto the penis from the top.
What do urinary sheaths feel like?
Most sheaths will feel the same way.
The Ugo Sheath is made of silicone and 100% latex-free making it soft to touch and comfortable to wear. Our Sheaths are designed with comfort in mind and are easy to apply and remove comfortably.
The benefits of a urinary sheath
- Because urinary sheaths are non-invasive, many men find them a lot more comfortable compared to indwelling and intermittent catheters.
- Less likely to cause catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) than indwelling catheters.
- Provide a great alternative to incontinence pads.
- Super easy to apply and remove.
- Come with fewer movement restrictions than indwelling catheters.
What’s the difference between a urinary sheath and ‘condom catheter’?
You may have heard both terms and be confused about the difference – but there is none. We call ours the Ugo Sheath. Urinary sheaths and condom catheters are the exact same thing.
What size urinary sheath do I need?
Finding the right size urinary sheath is very important. Before you use a sheath for the first time you should measure the penis and find the perfect fit for you.
Our Ugo Sheath products come in a range of sizes: 25mm, 28mm, 30mm, 32mm, 36mm and 40mm. As part of our Ugo Sheath you will receive a measuring wheel which allows you to pick the correct size. Different brands will have slightly different sizes so it’s important to follow their instructions on how to measure.
Achieving the correct fit of the Ugo Sheath is essential to ensure it is effective.
First you will need to choose the right sheath length for you – there are 2 lengths available: Standard and Pop-On (which is the shorter length option).
Once you have selected the right length, you’ll need to choose the correct sheath diameter by using the Ugo Sheath measuring guide.
REMEMBER: Ask a trained healthcare professional if you are unsure which is the right size for you.
How do I fit a urinary sheath?
NOTE: This guide should be used in conjunction with the instructions for use supplied.
To fit the Ugo Sheath, you should follow the instructions below:
1. Select the correct Ugo Sheath using our measuring tool.
2. Ensure the penis is clean and dry, then inspect the skin to check that it is intact with no soreness/redness before fitting the sheath.
3. Wash and dry your hands, then apply a clean pair of gloves
4. Trim any hair that may get trapped in the sheath and if necessary, use the gauze hair guard provided.
5. Position the Ugo Sheath over the end of the penis, leave a 2-3cm space between the end of the penis and the base of the sheath spout.
6. Fully roll the Ugo Sheath along the length of the penis ensuring that it is even. Hold the sheath in place to ensure the adhesive has bonded.
7. Secure a urine drainage bag to the leg using appropriate fixation devices, then fit the urine drainage bag to the sheath spout.
To remove the Ugo Sheath, you should follow the instructions below:
1. Wash and dry your hands (if a carer is fitting the sheath for you then they must apply a clean pair of gloves after drying their hands).
2. To remove the Ugo Sheath, release the base of the sheath all the way around.
3. Use warm water and soap or use an adhesive remover to help ease the sheath off by rolling.
Written by our Nurse Specialist, Valerie Ward