Urethral Inserts and Other Products for Urinary Incontinence
- Pessaries insert into the vagina and help reduce urinary incontinence by providing support for the bladder or compressing the urethra. They come in an array of sizes and shapes and may require a little bit of trial-and-error to figure out which pessary works best to help control your urinary incontinence. These are fitted by a physician.
- Urethral inserts are inserted into the urethra to block urine leakage. They're removed and discarded when you're ready to urinate, and a new one is inserted afterward.
- Tampons may be used much the same as pessaries but for mild urinary incontinence.
- Penile clamps are generally used for mild to moderate urinary incontinence in men and work by clamping around the penis, providing pressure to keep the urethra closed.
- Male guards are small sleeves that fit over the tip of the penis and can help contain light urine leakage in men with mild urinary incontinence.
- Condom catheters are external urine collection devices that resemble a condom, with a tube attaching the condom to a collection bag strapped to the thigh or elsewhere.
Urinary incontinence has more than one cause, so there's more than one treatment. Don't let the wide range of incontinence products hold you back. Talk to your doctor about your urinary incontinence; your health care professional can recommend the right incontinence products to help you take control -- and start doing the things you enjoy again.