You may have heard the term “intermittent catheterization” before, but you may not be completely clear as to what it means. Intermittent catheterization is the process of using a catheter to drain your bladder on a regular or semi-regular basis, rather than letting the catheter stay inside the bladder to continually drain the bladder into a collection bag (an indwelling or Foley catheter is used for that purpose). Typically, this is only required when there is something hindering the bladder’s ability to void urine naturally. An intermittent catheter offers many advantages and health benefits; read on to better understand intermittent catheterization and how it can help you.
The Purpose of Intermittent Catheterization
Intermittent catheterization is commonly used by those who experience incontinence, bladder problems, or urinary retention. Those who have a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or a neurological problem also often require the use of intermittent catheters to drain their bladders. It may also be used temporarily after certain surgeries such as prostate surgery or an abdominal hysterectomy.
Your healthcare practitioner will instruct you on how to properly use an intermittent catheter, including how often you will need to drain your bladder based on your needs. Because catheters come in different types and sizes, your doctor will also help you determine which one is best for you and your condition. 180 Medical helps make shopping for catheters fast and easy, as you can conveniently see our selection of catheters online.
The Benefits of Intermittent Catheterization
- It’s Fairly Simple: While it may seem a little intimidating at first, self-cathing can become a relatively quick and simple procedure after a little bit of practice. Many people are able to catheterize themselves or do so with the help of a caregiver.
- It’s an Effective Solution: Neglecting to empty your bladder regularly can lead to urinary tract infections or even bladder infections. Intermittent catheterization is an effective solution to helping those who have difficulty emptying their bladders and helping prevent such health problems if done correctly.
- It’s Safe to Use: Compared to indwelling Foley catheters, intermittent catheters have been found to cause fewer infections. Since Foley catheters stay in the body for longer periods of time, urinary tract infections can become a constant problem for some. By using an intermittent catheter, the chance of experiencing these side effects is greatly reduced.
- Inexpensive: Some healthcare and medical products can be relatively expensive out of pocket. Depending on your insurance provider, they may or may not cover certain items. Intermittent straight catheters are often the best option for those who are uninsured or underinsured because they are rather inexpensive.
- Promotes Independence: Because intermittent catheters allow you to gain control of your bladder and care for yourself, they help promote independence and, more importantly, allow you a better quality of life.
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