How to Self-Catheterize

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Using a Hydrophilic Catheter For Females

Important Note on Hydrophilic Catheters: 

Hydrophilic Catheters have water packetsHydrophilic catheters may be a good choice for men who have experienced sensations, including pain and discomfort while using a catheter. Hydrophilic catheters contain sterile saline solution, which may be present in the package itself or in a foil packet. If the catheter has a packet, you must first release, or burst, the hydrophilic properties of the catheter. 

To do this, unfold the package and then fold the water packet about half way and apply pressure with your thumb and forefinger to burst the package and release the solution. Make sure that all of the solution is released from the foil packet and that it has fully coated the catheter. Allow 30 seconds to fully hydrate.


Catheter Instructional Videos


Hydrophilic Catheters
A message about hydrophilic catheters from 180 Medical Founder, Todd Brown.
GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheters
This guide shows women how to use the GentleCath Hydrophilic Catheter (or similar hydrophilic catheters with water packet).

Rusch FloCath Quick Kit

This video demonstrates how to prepare the Rusch FloCath Quick Kit. Could also be used for similar hydrophilic catheters that include a water packet.

Hi-Slip Full Plus Hydrophilic Catheter

This video shows how to prepare the Hi-Slip Full Plus for insertion. It includes information on how to activate the hydrophilic coating like with many other hydrophilic catheters.

Coloplast SpeediCath Catheter for Women
Catheter animation teaches you how to use Coloplast’s SpeediCath catheter if you for women.


Mature content disclaimer: certain content may contain graphic depictions and descriptions of catheterization for informational and educational purposes, which may be offensive to some viewers. 180 Medical disclaims all responsibility for such materials.


Please note that this is intended to provide a general understanding of self-catheterization. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider.
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