Catheters are sized by French size (Fr). The French size refers to the diameter of the catheter. Typically sizes range from 5 Fr - 20 Fr. You can tell the French size of the catheter by the color of its funnel end. See chart (below) for funnel colors and French sizes. Your physician will determine which catheter French size is right for you.
There are three different lengths available for catheters: male, female, and pediatric.
Male length catheters
are usually 16 inches in length.Female length catheters
range from 6-8 inches in length. There are some instances where females prefer to use male-length catheters. Pediatric length catheters
typically range from 6-12 inches in length. Women and children generally use shorter lengths because of their shorter urethral length.
Catheters can have a straight tip or a coude tip
. The coude tip or "bent tip" catheter is used when a blockage or stricture is present, making the use of a straight catheter more difficult.
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Note: Always consult with your physician or other health care provider on what type of catheter is right for you.