A condom catheter is a great device, but many users worry about the risk of slippage and possible embarrassing accidents due to the catheters inability to keep in place. Relax! There are many styles of condom catheters to choose from and each has a unique way to keep it in place. It may mean trying several, but you will surely find one that is easy to use, comfortable, and reliable. No one wants to use something that makes them feel insecure.
A Texas catheter that is rolled onto the penis may have adhesive along the interior. As it is unrolled this adhesive will seal it to the skin and create a strong bond. Some users may have delicate skin or experience irritation from this method. A rolled on catheter may also be used with double sided tape. The two sided tape is first wrapped around the base of the penis and then the condom catheter is rolled up onto the exposed adhesive.
These adhesives can be acrylic based, but increasingly companies are turning to hydrocolloid adhesives. A hydrocolloid adhesive is able to absorb moisture (including sweat) without losing its stickiness. It is also easier to remove than many adhesives and it does not require the use of chemicals to aid in its removal. It is also more gentle on the skin and this is important for men using external catheters daily. It can be used as a double sided tape or applied as a liquid.
For those who prefer condom catheters without potentially messy adhesives, there are types that employ straps and rings to hold the sheath in place. Often this is just a simple foam or Velcro strap that encircles the shaft and sandwiches the catheter in place by pressure. There are others that are built into an elaborate jock strap style brief that some users find quite appealing because they are worn much like traditional briefs. One of the top selling types in this line is the Afex System.
It may take experimentation to find out which works best for you. Heavy sweating and humid conditions may mean that certain adhesive types will fail to hold a catheter securely. Some adhesives may prove irritating to sensitive skin and, in rare cases, some users experience a mild allergic reaction to a few adhesives used by certain brands. Not all people like the restrictive feeling of straps or they may have physical ailments like arthritis or shaking that may make securing straps or rings difficult. With a bit of trial and error, you will find a condom catheter that both fits well, feels good to wear and also stays firmly in place.