The Cunningham Penile Clamp has brought control of incontinence to many men who were plagued with a constant leaking of urine. It’s a simple device, yet is extremely important to the side effects of prostate cancer, stroke, and other urinary problems.
Successful use depends on choosing the right size. To measure, compress the penis between the thumb and forefinger, using about the same pressure you would use to stop urine flow. Now measure from side to side (not length), just below the head (glans). If the measurement is more than 2″, use the large size of the Cunningham Clamp. Below 2″, you will want the Regular. If the measurement is less than 1″, choose small size.
The Cunningham Clamp is a stainless steel frame that is hinged and supports two foam rubber pads. There is also a locking device. It contains some dry natural rubber. The penis is placed between the two foam pads and the clamp is closed. The bottom pad has an upside-down “V” that puts pressure on the under side of the penis and puts closing pressure on the urethra. The urethra is close to the bottom of the penis in the male. The objective is to use enough pressure to prevent leakage but not so much that it is uncomfortable. It can be used over and over. The sizing is by circumference, not length.
Once the clamp is securely placed on the penis, all you need to do is release the clamp in order to urinate. If you are using a self-catheter, you will need to release the clamp and then follow the same procedures you normally do with self-catheterizing urination.
It’s a good idea to own two Cunningham Clamps so you can wear one while the other is washed and dried. You might even want to own three of these useful male incontinence devices so that you will have a spare in case you should lose one. It can be worn all day long, but you may want to release it from time to time to ease any discomfort caused by having it clamped.
The Cunningham Clamp should be replaced every three months or sooner if the foam deteriorates. Regular inspection for signs of wear is recommended.
To clean the clamp, wash it with mild hand soap in warm water and rinse thoroughly. Let it dry away from too much heat and out of direct sunlight. Do not use bleach, detergent, blow dryer, washer, dryer, or hot water with the Cunningham Clamp.
Vitality Medical has Cunningham Clamps in all sizes on its website, and the prices are competitive. Other incontinence clamp options include the Gyrx Squeezer Klip, The J-Clamp, and the Baumrucker Clamp. The Gyrx Squeezer Klip is anatomically designed for comfort and critical bloodflow patterns. The Squeezer Klip costs around $50 more than the Cunningham Clamp, but some find it more comfortable and it provides another great incontinence choice. Vitality Medical also has a number of incontinence accessories you will want to explore like the GT Urological ActiCuf, Dignity Mens Boxer Shorts, Depends Guards for Men, or the Mentor Freedom External Catheter. You can order from the privacy of your own home and it will be delivered right to your door.