Pocket Catheters 101

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Pocket catheters are one of the most talked about types of intermittent urinary catheters these days!

Why? Our customers tell us they love their convenience, ease of handling, and their ability to be carried discreetly.

Learn all about pocket catheters and other travel-ready intermittent catheter options!

What Is a Pocket Catheter?

A pocket catheter is a widely-used phrase that covers a few different styles of catheters for men, women, and children.

The most important feature of a pocket catheter is that the packaging is small and discreet. This allows it to be easily concealed in a pocket, purse, briefcase, backpack, or makeup bag. Depending on the brand, you can even hold some pocket catheters in the palm of your hand as you walk to the restroom.

Intermittent catheters are usually packaged in a straight or longer parcel. Since the typical female length catheter is about 6 to 8 inches in length, catheters for women are already fairly easy to conceal.

However, pediatric length catheters are 10 inches or longer, and male length catheters are 16 inches, so kids or men who cath using these lengths may want to find a more discreet catheter option.

catheter types and size comparisons to pocket catheter

What Options of Pocket Catheters Are Available?

Many versions of pocket catheters have all the familiar, high-quality features of the catheters you may already know and use. There are some variations in the different brand options, like size, shape, and additional accessories like insertion supplies.

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We’ll always keep you updated on the latest catheter products that become available. Here are a few of the different options you may be interested in learning more about.

Pocket Catheters in Curved Packaging

Cure Medicalcure pocket catheter xl has a pocket version of its standard straight male-length catheter, the Cure U Pocket Catheter, where the entirety of the flexible catheter tube is curved to make the packet smaller, discreet, and more compact. Cure’s catheters are made with high-quality material and will not kink when bent.

Cure also has a few other travel-ready options, such as a pocket catheter with lubricant included for your convenience and an extra-long pocket catheter (25 inches long), the Cure Medical® Pocket XL (pictured to the right), which is great for those who often use extension tube connectors or are in wheelchairs.

easycath pediatric pocket catheter for childrenThe Rusch EasyCath™ Pediatric Pocket Catheter (pictured to the left) is great if you’re looking for a pocket catheter for your child.

Once extended from the package, this high-quality vinyl catheter is 11 inches for easy manipulation, It features polished eyelets for smooth insertion.

If your child is starting to self-cath on their own and needs a discreet catheter option to carry in their backpack or their pocket at school, a pocket catheter like this may be a good choice.

Compact Catheters

cure ultra female length prelubricated pocket catheterThe Cure Ultra (pictured to the right) is a new pocket-sized catheter for both women and men (female length pictured to the right), which features their exclusive CoverAll™ lubrication technology. This ensures an even, smooth distribution of the lubrication as the catheter is removed from its small, easy-to-open package. The design is environmentally friendly and simple to dispose of with minimal waste.

The Ultra is available in straight tip for both men and women. There is also an option with a curved or coudé tip for those who have difficulty passing a straight tip, the Cure Ultra Coudé Male Catheter.

cure twist female lengthFor women who want a more discreet option, the Cure Twist is a great choice.

The Twist’s package design is similar to a mascara tube or lipstick. It has an easy-open twist top. It comes ready to use, since it’s pre-lubricated. As soon as you’re ready, you can self-cath with no worries about mess or dripping.

speedicath compact female pocket catheterA similarly discreet item (pictured to the right) comes from Coloplast, a brand that has been around since 1957. Their mission is to develop products that make life easier on those who have medical needs, and the Coloplast SpeediCath Compact is certainly a product that fits that description due to its discreet packaging and ease of use.

Available for both men and women, it is designed to look like an everyday item like a cosmetic product or a marker.

The female length Compact is approximately 2.75 inches long, perfect for discreetly fitting into your pocket or packing in your suitcase for a vacation without worrying about too much additional bulk alongside your other toiletries and clothes.

coloplast speedicath compact for menThe SpeediCath Compact for Men (pictured at left) is also ultra-discreet with a telescopic design that is less than half the size of a standard male catheter.

These also come in a set with an integrated collection bag that is instantly ready to use, available both in male length and female length.

The CompactCath (pictured below) has a revolutionary design for ultimate privacy and ease of use. It looks unlike any other catheter on the market today.

The flexible catheter is coiled inside a small plastic case that fits in the palm of your hand. Incredibly easy to pocket or carry, this catheter is also touch-free and is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based oil to aid in a comfortable insertion without need for additional lubricant.

Pocket Closed System Catheters

Closed system catheters are a type of intermittent catheter with an all-in-one collection system. Often, they feature an introducer tip to bypass the highest concentrations of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra, which may reduce the risk of infection.

Closed system catheters have attached collection bags, which gives you the freedom to self-cath wherever you have privacy, making it an ideal choice for those in wheelchairs, children, and those who are frequent travelers.

RUSCH POCKETPAC CATHETER KITThere are some discreet closed system catheter products that offer even more privacy when you carry them with you, such as the Hollister VaPro Pocket Plus, the Hollister Advance Plus Pocket Catheter System, and the Rusch PocketPac Catheter Kit (pictured to the right), which includes insertion supplies to aid the catheterization experience (gauze, BZK antiseptic wipes, two vinyl gloves, underpad, and a refuse bag to dispose of the catheter when you’re done).

Other Discreet Options

Many of the intermittent catheters we carry are of such high quality that you can roll it or curve the packaging inside your pocket without kinking the tube itself or damaging the catheter.

Typically many of our pre-lubricated and hydrophilic catheter options are travel-ready and can be discreetly tucked away, like the GentleCath™ Glide, available for both men and women.

The Glide was designed based on feedback from real users of catheters, and it’s a great option for people who want a discreet cathing experience with less mess.

gentlecath glide travel hydrophilic catheter

Take a look at more great options in our catheter showcase today!

How Can I Find the Right Pocket Catheter for Me?

Just contact us to speak with one of our friendly Product Specialists.

We’ll be glad to help you find an intermittent catheter to fit your individual preferences. We also verify your insurance for you to determine how and if these products are covered on your policy.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is intended to provide a general understanding of a few of the product options available that are considered smaller, discreet, or pocket catheters. This information should not be used in place of the recommendations for what type of catheter your professional healthcare provider recommends or prescribes for you to use, based on your personal anatomy and individual needs and preferences. Please consult with your prescribing physician for more information on which type of pocket catheter or travel catheter might work best for you.

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About the Author
Jessica is the Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical and has been a part of the 180 family for over 9 years. In her downtime, she enjoys creative writing, making art, seeing new places, and spending time with her loved ones.