How to Self-Catheterize

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Using a Straight Catheter For Women

Important Note:

Intermittent catheters require manual lubrication prior to insertion.

First, you may want to try applying lubricating jelly by tearing or trimming off both ends of your lubricant packet. Next, slide the catheter back and forth through the packet to fully coat it (as shown below).

Lubricating your catheter before you use it
Another option is to tear or trim off the top of the packet (or use a tube of lubricating jelly) and squeeze the jelly all along the length of your catheter tube. Make sure to use a water-soluble lubricant.


Catheter Instructional Videos
Intermittent Catheters
A message about intermittent catheters from 180 Medical Founder, Todd Brown.
How to Use a Straight Catheter – GentleCath
You can completely personalize your video guide for how to use your intermittent straight tip female catheters. Personalization options include how to cath while:

  • sitting
  • standing
  • cathing from a wheelchair
  • lying down

Self-Catheterization for Females

The National Association for Continence (NAFC) provides this helpful intermittent self-catheterization video.


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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