External catheters are primarily used to manage the intermittency and frequency of urinary incontinence. They can also be used for temporary relief during chronic urinary retention or as a supplement to other treatments for fecal incontinence. The external catheter is primarily used to collect urine from a healthy bladder.
These devices are typically made of latex, cotton, vinyl, plastic, rubber, or silicone. Some of these materials can be reused after being washed with soap and water.