Male handheld urinals are specifically designed to provide men with an alternative to the toilet. Men with a short or retracted penis may also find some female handheld urinals useful as they have a wide opening information.
Male handheld urinals are designed specifically to accommodate the male anatomy and are commonly called ‘bottles’.
Most male handheld urinals are very similar in shape and size with a narrowed opening (the ‘neck’) into which the penis is placed.
Some have non-spill valves to prevent back flow of urine from the urinal and spillage after use.
‘Bottles’ may be rather unstable and flat bottomed urinals provide a more stable alternative (and less likely to spill) particularly for those using a urinal in bed. 1
Some men also find they can make their own urinal by recycling household bottles/containers. 1
Some handheld urinals have larger, easy to grip handles which you might find helpful if your hand control is poor. Urinals can be heavy to manage when full and if your hand control is poor you may need a helper to empty the urinal.
Most male urinals work well in most positions as long as you can position the base of the urinal downwards so that gravity helps the urine to flow away from your body.
Using sachets of super absorbent polymer (SAP) or attaching a drainage bag to the urinal should also help to prevent leakage.
If you have a retracted or small penis (often a problem after some types of surgery) you may find a female handheld urinal with a wider opening (or a home-made one) more useful for you.
Some men can reach the toilet but have a problem passing urine into the pan either because of a retracted penis or a stream which is hard to direct. If this is the case then a urine director might be helpful.
You can find out more about products suitable for bowel leakage.
Some urinals are easier to position than others, depending on the urinal and penile length. If you have a retracted or short penis you may find that you can only use a male urinal when standing or sitting on the edge of a chair or bed. The penis can then be positioned in a downwards direction making successful urinal use more likely.
Look for wider necked male urinals or consider using a female urinal.
If you are unable to position the urinal properly, urine may leak around the opening of the urinal either as you are passing urine or during removal of the urinal afterwards.
Try using an absorbent chair protector or bed pad when you are trying different products.
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