Urinary problems

The blocking of the gap on the toilet between the cistern and lid with toilet roll helps with a sit down wee.

My radar key is a god send as well. Just gives me time and space when I am out and also, I don’t have to worry about the sprayers at events and pubs that like to miss.

I have always found it very hard after having a partial penectomy to “aim”. I use the disposable cones when out in public otherwise a sit down wee is often the best bet.

Practicalities of using the funnel: it’s so much easier in a disabled toilet rather than a cubicle as you have somewhere to wash the funnel after use. When I don’t have a bag I’ve taken to wearing combat / cargo style trousers with deep pockets. I store the funnel in a Ziploc bag with a sheet of kitchen roll inside.

The funnel folds flat in my pocket, wash it when I wash my hands. Changed going out or to work for me. Spraying everywhere and on clothes wasn’t for me. These are a god send.

Surgery or radiotherapy to the penis will cause swelling and inflammation which may affect the urethra causing the urinary stream to spray. It may settle as the penis heals but can sometimes be permanent. Urinary spraying can be reduced by using a urinary funnel (see below). Some men have suggested that while the penis heals, passing urine in a bath or shower rather than a toilet, may help reduce anxiety and be more practical. Men who have had a total penectomy will need to sit down on the toilet to pass urine.

Urinary Funnels

There are several types of urinary funnel. Most are designed for camping or attending concerts where toilet facilities may not be available.

There are also many funnels which are designed for other everyday uses, which men may find helpful for instance urinary funnel, camping urinal, collapsible funnel, shrinkable urinals.

In the UK Beambridge Medical Ltd, produces a range of plastic funnels which are available on prescription. The male funnel, male funnel mini, flexi funnel, youth funnel and female funnel.

Other devices that are designed for women but may be helpful are the Whiz and Whiz freedom as well as the Shewee. These are also available on prescription within the UK.

Toilet Keys

In Europe and the UK, it is possible to obtain special keys such as a RADAR Key. These are keys which will open toilets that are not usually available to the public.  More information can be found here https://disabledaccessibletravel.com/european-toilet-keys/

Orchid also stock a similar key which can be obtained by emailing robert.cornes@orchid-cancer.org.uk

Toilet Cards

Several charities and orginisations also produce Toilet Cards which may allow men access to toilets found in shops etc. Further information can be found here

Male Incontinence Pads

There are also different types of protective male incontinence pads which may help with mild urinary incontinence.

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    Reviewed November 2023