Sometimes, one can develop urinary incontinence due to any number of issues including injury, certain medications, or old age. When that happens, using a male UI product like a catheter is often the best solution.
While catheters can be inconvenient and uncomfortable at first, they can make you feel very liberating once you get used to them. In fact, as long as you practice some basic rules, you can live a reasonably normal life with a male UI product without being confined to your home.
A New Normal: Living With A Catheter
It takes time learning how to insert a catheter and drain the bladder properly. Other than insertion and draining, you’ll also need to learn how to wear the urine bag below your knee and how to change and empty it throughout the day.
It may feel like a lot for the first few days, but many patients report they can continue with their routine activities as usual.
Your daily routine may vary depending on the type of catheter you’re using. Consider switching to loose clothing like wide-legged pants to conceal the collection bag on your leg. You can also try alternating the leg that carries the bag to prevent rash and soreness, or tape the bag to your tummy to avoid “tugging”.
And don’t forget, if your current catheter doesn’t feel comfortable at all, you can choose a different style/type of male UI product.
Be Aware Of Male UI Product Warning Signs
Keep an eye out for the following issues:
- Urine is leaking around the edges or your catheter
- Urine contains specks of blood or is an unusual color
- You develop ongoing or severe bladder spasms (they often feel like stomach cramps)
- Your indwelling catheter falls out and you don’t know how to replace it
- You are displaying signs of CAUTI like chills, fever, or stomachache
- You are passing blood
If you notice any of these conditions, see your doctor or a healthcare provider right away.
Men who are long-term catheter users are at an increased risk of developing infections. When germs or bacteria enter the urinary tract through the male UI product catheter, it results in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). To reduce the risk of this infection, you should:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after touching your catheter
- Wash the area where the catheter enter your body with warm water and a mild, antibacterial soap at least twice a day
- Avoid tangles in the catheter tube, and make sure bags are secured below the level of bladder at all times
- Eat high-fiber foods such as wholegrains, vegetables, and fruits to avoid constipation
- Drink enough fluids so your urine stays clear
- Consider using Men’s Liberty external collection device, which is proven to drastically reduce the risk of CAUTI and is much more painless to use compared to other products.
Choose Men’s Liberty For Enhanced Comfort and Mobility
Men’s Liberty is one of the most popular male UI products in the market today and it’s covered by most insurance providers including TriCare, Medicaid, and Medicare (standard deductible and copays apply). Over 3 million of Men’s Liberty devices are used by patients and hospitals worldwide due to their ease-of-use and effectiveness. To place your order, call us right away at 800-484-4819 or simply reach us online.