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Easing the Transition into Self-Catheterization

Easing the Transition into Self-Catheterization

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If your doctor has just told you that you need to start using catheters, you may wonder how you can start the transition to self-catheterization.

A variety of conditions can interfere with the ability to urinate on your own. For example, multiple sclerosis, neurogenic bladder, dementia, incontinence, and bladder retention are just a few common examples. These issues may lead to the need to use catheters to empty the bladder. Plus, intermittent catheters can often help you maintain a sense of independence because you don’t have to stay attached to a drain bag or leg bag as is common with using indwelling catheters.

How to Transition to Self-Catheterization

Depending on one’s individual condition and its severity, a person new to intermittent catheterization may require the help of a caregiver in order to safely catheterize.

In the beginning, self-cathing may feel a little scary or seem difficult. To help ease any fears or concerns, it’s important to learn the basics of catheterization.

Plus, you need to maintain a self-cathing schedule according to your doctor’s prescription.

Tips for Self-Catheterization

  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep hands well-washed and utilize other options, such as advanced closed system catheter kits or antiseptic wipes, to reduce the chances of a UTI (urinary tract infection)
  • Use each intermittent catheter only once and then dispose of it, as this will also reduce chances of a UTI
  • Try to relax as much as possible to reduce any possible difficulties with insertion
  • Contact your doctor immediately if there are any complications

For more tips, check out our 14 dos and don’ts of self-cathing.

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About the Author
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, where she's worked for 13 years. Her favorite part of her job is getting to be creative and seeing the positive impact we can make on our customers' lives.

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