Does cathing feel painful or uncomfortable for you? Maybe you’re wondering if it’s just normal for self-catheterization to hurt. The truth is that thousands of people use catheters painlessly every day to treat conditions like bladder retention or urinary incontinence. In fact, it may be possible for you too!
Top 5 Ways to Make Using a Catheter Hurt Less
1. Use a Catheter With Polished Eyelets.
Drainage eyelets are the small holes near the insertion tip of your urinary catheter. Urine drains through these holes, through the catheter tube, and into a receptacle.
Some catheter manufacturers use a process similar to punching a hole in a sheet of paper to create their catheter eyelets. This can create rough edges that sometimes create friction and discomfort in the urethra.
Fortunately, 180 Medical carries plenty of catheter options with smooth, polished eyelets. For example, GentleCath™ catheters are designed with recessed, polished drainage eyelets on a rounded insertion tip for maximum comfort and reduced urethral trauma.
If the catheter type you’re currently using has any rough edges around the eyelets, this may be the source of your discomfort.
2. Use lubrication with your uncoated catheters.
When using straight intermittent catheters, it’s important to manually lubricate them before each use. Lubrication helps reduce friction and discomfort during insertion and withdrawal of your catheter.
Every individual’s anatomy and preferences are different. While some people don’t need much lubrication, others require more to have a comfortable catheterization.
As the leading provider of intermittent catheters and related urological products, 180 Medical provides high-quality brands of lubricating jelly to suit your needs, including bacteriostatic and kosher options. Whether you prefer your catheter lubrication in a tube or perfectly dosed single-use packets, we can supply it.
3. Issues getting the catheter to insert? You may need a coudé tip catheter.
This is usually due to medical conditions like urethral strictures or an enlarged prostate, which can make it difficult for a straight tip catheter to bypass and navigate around to reach the bladder.
If you feel you’re encountering a blockage or obstacle while trying to get your catheter fully inserted, it’s best to speak to your urologist immediately so they can fully diagnose the problem and discuss whether you need a coudé tip catheter.
4. Experiencing itchiness or irritation after using a latex catheter? You may have a latex allergy.
Less than 1% of people in the US have a latex allergy. However, it is more common in people with certain medical conditions like spina bifida.
If you suspect this may be the issue, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
180 Medical is sensitive to our customers’ concerns and needs, so we make it a point to stock a wide variety of latex-free catheter products.
5. Switch to an advanced catheter.
Catheter technology is advancing all the time. Many manufacturers are developing their urethral catheter products to be more efficient, comfortable, and discreet.
If you’ve been using one type of catheter for many years, you may be happy to hear that there are all kinds of catheter options available that may help reduce urethral pain.
There are additional benefits of using advanced catheter products like hydrophilic catheters, closed system catheters, pre-lubricated catheters, and compact pocket catheters, such as potentially minimizing the risk of UTIs (urinary tract infections).
Just a few of the many advanced technology catheters that 180 Medical has in stock include:
SpeediCath Compact Set
Available in Male Length or Female Length
This closed system catheter is small and discreet for easy carrying. It also comes ready to use. The catheter’s hydrophilic coating is pre-activated since it is housed inside its own sterile saline solution. The lubrication will be smooth and comfortable throughout catheterization. An additional bonus of the SpeediCath Compact Set is that the catheter comes with its own collection bag. This set is a great option for those who want a more comfortable catheter that’s also great for travel and use in public restrooms.
GentleCath Glide Hydrophilic Catheter
Available in Male Length or Female Length
The GentleCath Glide is one of the newer catheter products on the market that is quickly becoming a popular option for those who want a hydrophilic catheter that is easy to use, potentially minimizes the risk of UTIs, and makes catheterization smooth and comfortable from the moment you insert the catheter until you withdraw it. Just pop the included water sachet to activate its low-friction hydrophilic coating featuring FeelClean™ technology, and it’s ready to go!
Still Experiencing Catheter Pain?
For first-time users, you may feel some slight discomfort at first while your body adjusts. You’ll get over that hurdle once you get used to the sensation.
However, if you continue feeling pain or experience any bleeding, please talk to your doctor before trying any other solutions on your own. Never force your catheter.
Our Catheter Specialists are ready to help you find a catheter that works best for your needs. Contact us today!
Disclaimer: Do not take this blog as medical advice. Its only intent is to provide a general understanding of product options that may reduce discomfort during intermittent catheterization. This information should not be used in place of any recommendations, prescribed treatment plans, or medical advice from your professional healthcare provider.