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Product News: GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters

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Have you heard about GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheters? At 180 Medical, we love sharing the latest scoop on new catheter products. Check out some of the top benefits, features, and details about Convatec GentleCath™ hydrophilic catheters.

What is a Hydrophilic Catheter?

A hydrophilic catheter is an advanced catheter type, which features a unique coating that acts like lubrication when it touches water. This means there is no need to manually apply lubricating jelly to the catheter as you would with a regular uncoated catheter.

Would you like to try free samples of hydrophilic catheters but you’re not sure if your insurance would cover this type of advanced product? Reach out to 180 Medical to get started! Our experts can verify your insurance and walk you through your options.

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What is a GentleCath™ Catheter?

Convatec designed its line of GentleCath™ catheters with the user in mind. GentleCath™ is known for comfort, safety, and ease of use.

All GentleCath™ brand catheters feature soft, rounded tips and polished eyelets for a smoother insertion. They’re available in a wide variety of types, including straight catheters, coudé tip catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and more.

gentlecath hydrophilic catheter straight insertion tip
The straight, tapered insertion tip of GentleCath™ catheters

What Are the Features of GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheters?

GentleCath™ hydrophilic coated catheters are designed to minimize the risk of complications and infection while delivering a simple, easy experience.

Also, GentleCath™ hydrophilic catheter supplies feature a unique polymer that reacts with water. This fully lubricates the catheter prior to insertion so you’ll never need additional lubricating jelly.

Because the coating is bonded to the catheter, the water-activated lubricant will not slough off as the catheter enters your urethra. In other words, catheterization with a GentleCath hydrophilic catheter may help make catheterization more comfortable from beginning to end.

Plus, you’ll never have to directly touch the catheter, which may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Here are some additional benefits of GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheters:

No Touch Handling Strip

This blue strip is on each GentleCath hydrophilic catheter, which makes it easier to handle the catheter during insertion. It also helps facilitate a more sterile, no-touch catheterization.

gentlecath hydrophilic catheter no touch insertion grip sleeve

Sterile Water Sachet

This easy-to-pop water sachet is included. So you’ll never have to search for a separate water source to activate your hydrophilic catheter. This makes cathing more convenient, whether you’re at home or on the go!

gentlecath hydrophilic female catheter with water sachet
GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Female Length Catheter with water sachet

Wall Attachment Tab

The package includes a blue circular wall attachment tab. When you pull off the blue circle, it reveals a sticky surface. Next, you can attach the package to the wall while you wait 15 seconds for the water to activate the hydrophilic coating.

GentleCath catheter package with wall attachment sticker

Color-Coded Funnels Indicate French Size of Catheters

These latex-free hydrophilic catheters also feature color-coded funnels to help you determine French size.

Optional Insertion Supplies in a Hydrophilic Catheter Kit Also Available

In addition to all these great features, you may also be eligible to receive sterile insertion supplies in the GentleCath™ hydrophilic catheter kit.

The GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheter Kit, also available in male, female, and coudé options, includes a collection bag, antiseptic pad, gloves without latex, and an underpad.

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GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheter Kit

How Do I Use GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheters?

Take a look at this quick introductory video direct from Convatec, which gives you some step-by-step cathing instructions and a good look at the catheter features in action.

For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through that process.

180 Medical also offers helpful online cathing instructions at

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Can I Get a GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Coated Catheter in My French Size?

With a variety of lengths, diameters (French sizes), and options, it’s a good possibility. Take a look below to see what might suit your needs best.

To determine which French size is right for your anatomy, be sure to consult with your prescribing doctor.

Convatec GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Male Length Catheter

French Size Item Number
8 Fr 508993
10 Fr 508994
12 Fr 508995
14 Fr 508996
16 Fr 508997
18 Fr 508997

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GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Female Length Catheter

French Size Item Number
8 Fr 508988
10 Fr 508989
12 Fr 508990
14 Fr 508991
16 Fr 508992

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GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Coudé Catheter

French Size Item Number
10 Fr 508999
12 Fr 509000
14 Fr 509001
16 Fr 509002
18 Fr 509003

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Which GentleCath™ Products Does 180 Medical Carry?

180 Medical carries Convatec’s entire line of GentleCath™ catheters, including all the latest options. You can try options including their 100% latex-free straight catheters, coudé catheters, red rubber catheters, hydrophilic catheters, and hydrophilic catheter kits.

Plus, we carry the popular GentleCath™ Glide Catheters, which are hydrophilic catheters with a whole new type of technology called FeelClean™ Technology. This catheter isn’t just coated with hydrophilic properties; the properties are embedded within the actual material of the catheter.
GentleCath Glide Hydrophilic Catheters in Male and Female Length

This creates a clean, quick, comfortable catheterization experience from start to finish when you use a Glide catheter.

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How Can I Find the Catheter That’s Right for Me?

We know catheters aren’t one-size-or-type-fits-all. That’s why we carry one of the largest selections of catheter brands.

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You deserve the freedom to try options and figure out what feels and works best for you based on your health insurance coverage and catheterization prescription.

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729.

Our friendly product experts are ready to help you find the right catheter product for your needs.

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About the Author
Product News: GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she has been with the company for over 14 years now. She loves getting to be creative in her role and hearing from customers about the positive impact we've made on their lives.

Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their dogs or browsing garden centers (where she will almost certainly buy another houseplant she doesn't really need).