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How to Self-Catheterize for Women

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Using a Straight Catheter for Females

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).

Two hands with gloves on holding catheter applying lubricant
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.
Two hands with medical gloves on tearing open a lubricant packet


Catheter Instructional Videos for How to Straight Cath a Woman
Intermittent Catheters
A message about intermittent catheters from 180 Medical Founder, Todd Brown.
How to Use a Female Straight Catheter
GentleCath’s website allows you to completely personalize your video guide for learning how to straight cath a woman using 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.

How to Use MTG EZ-Gripper® Urinary Catheters for Tetraplegic Self-Catheterization

See how to use MTG EZ-Gripper Urinary Catheter, designed for people with limited hand dexterity.

How to Use MTG EZ-Advancer® Urinary Catheters

This educational video demonstrates how to use the MTG EZ-Advancer® urinary catheter.

How To Use a Urinary Intermittent Female Catheter

This video shows how to use a Female Intermittent Urinary Catheter.


Printable Literature for How to Straight Cath for Women

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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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