FAQ: Catheter Funnel Ends

Many catheters have funnel ends that are located at the end of the catheter. The funnel ends are shown in green on the image below.

On one end is a catheter tip which is the part of the catheter that is inserted into the urethra. The catheter tip can be curved (referred to as coudé) or straight.

The funnel end on the other side helps the urine drain into a toilet or receptacle and it also enables you to attach a drainage bag. The funnel ends can help indicate the size of catheter you are using. A funnel color reference chart is shown below which will help you determine which size of catheter you have.

Catheters are sized by French size and abbreviated fr. Typical French sizes range from 5 fr – 20 fr. Your health professional will let you know which size of catheter is best for you.

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Kier is the Marketing Director at 180 Medical. She has been at 180 Medical for almost 13 years. Originally from Iowa, she now calls Oklahoma home. In her free time, she loves to cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma City Thunder.