What Are Incontinence Clamps?
Incontinence Clamps are designed to treat male incontinence. Also known as urinary clamps, penis clamps or incontinent clips, they are placed around the penis to block the flow of urine and do not require surgery or drugs. An incontinence clamp is used to control when men urinate. To urinate, men release the the clip pressure around the penis, allowing the flow of urine to the toilet or urinal. Incontinence Clips have proven useful for men with obesity, diabetes, loss of bladder control due to age, or men who are recovering from prostate surgery.
Urinary Incontinence in men is growing. Many aging men have mild incontinence or the dribbling of urine that is not controllable. Because of the male anatomy, adult diapers are not the only solution for male incontinence. Male urinary clamps are easy to use and very effective in controlling urine incontinence in men. Incontinence Clips are small and inexpensive devices that are worn externally around the penis. Urinary clamps are designed to place pressure on the urethra to cut off the involuntary flow of urine from the bladder through the penis, while at the same time, providing for proper blood flow. When worn and used properly, penis clips can replace adult diapers or absorbent briefs. Penis clamps can provide a discreet solution to control urine flow and leakage.
How to Choose an Incontinence Clamp
Incontinence Clip Selection has eight important criteria: construction, fitting, locking mechanism, washable, durability, weight and discreetness. This article examines the selection options for the following seven incontinence clip options: Cunningham Clamp, J Clamp, Uriclak, Squeezer Klip, DribbleStop, CirClamp and the C3.
Penile clamps are constructed with several different materials, including stainless steel, rubber pads, foam pads, soft cloth and plastic. Stainless steel is highly durable and strong. Rubber pads and foam pads are soft and comfortable. Rubber pads are less expensive but also prohibitive for some who have allergies to latex products. Plastic construction offers lightweight and flexibility. Cloth is soft, very lightweight and very flexible, but not as durable. Urinary clamps with metal may not be the best choice when negotiating security checks at airports or government buildings. If you prefer metal penis clamps, recommend getting a prostheses notification from your doctor to facilitate the security check process. Some very sensitive scanners can detect plastic clamps as well. When comparing product life or longevity of incontinence clamps, the Cunningham, Squeezer Klip and the J Clamp lead the pack.
- C3: cloth, plastic
- CirClamp: plastic,non-latex rubber
- DribbleStop: plastic, foam
- Squeezer Klip: plastic, foam, steel
- Uriclak: thermo-plastic, steel
- Cunningham: stainless steel, foam, latex
- J Clamp: plastic, stainless steel, foam
Several incontinence clips are designed as a one size fits all and are very adaptive to individual needs. Others are more rigid with small, medium and large options. Some are adjustable by inserting different size pins or connectors to adapt to the needs of the individual incontinence patient. The Squeezer Klip offers the best capability of adjusting tension to individual needs. A screw type adjustment on the Squeezer Klip allows micro adjustment of the tension.
Best Locking Mechanism
The locking mechanism for incontinence clips can be an important factor for those who have lost dexterity with their hands or fingers. Options for locking mechanisms include ratchet systems, twist knobs, hook and loop (Velcro), and spring tension options. Which option works best for you may depend on your ability to manipulate the closure device. Consider if you are better able to twist, push, snap or press the closure device to lock it in place. The best clip for you is the one that you most easily adjust to your individual needs.
Most of the male incontinence clamps can be cleaned with mild soapy water and reused. The C3 and the CirClamp are disposable.
The weight of a penis clamp is a concern for some men who find that a heavier penile clamp is more irritating than the lighter ones. Lightweight clips are a trade-off against durability. Essentially the more durable the construction of the incontinence clamp, the more weight. The lightest weight penis clamps are the C3 and the CirClamp. The heaviest weight and most durable male incontinence clips are the J Clamp and the Cunningham.
Best Selling Incontinence Clamps Weight in Ounces
- C3: 0.01250
- CirClamp: 0.01875
- DribbleStop: 0.02500
- Squeezer Klip: 0.03749
- Uriclak: 0.04999
- Cunningham: 0.06249
- J Clamp: 0.07499
Most men prefer that others do not know that they have an incontinence problem or that they are wearing a diaper or penis clamp. All of these devices are designed to be discrete; however, the cloth C3 offers the most discreetness and takes up the least amount of room in your briefs.
Clamps that use foam pads should be given a 24-hour rest between use. This 24-hour rest allows the foam pads to return fully to the original shape. By alternating between clamps on a daily basis, you can prolong the life of your incontinence clamps significantly.
If you select the disposable type incontinence clips, do not try to use them too long. They should be replaced at least weekly or when they become soiled or lose their tension. No one wants to be caught in a compromising moment because the clamp was no longer able to function, resulting in an embarrassing urine leak.
Urinary Incontinence Clip Additional Information
- More, Katie C. & Lucas, Malcolm G., Management of Male Urinary Incontinence, Indian J Urol, 2010 Apr-Jun; 26: 236-24.
- Incontinence in Men: Products, Diet, & Lifestyle, 2014 WebMD - offers information about penile clamps.
- Stoppler, M.D., Melissa Conrad, Urinary Incontinence in Men, Medicinenet.
- Treatment Options for Male Incontinence, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Urology.