How to Self-Catheterize

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Using a Straight Catheter For Women

Important Note:

Intermittent catheters require manual lubrication prior to insertion.

There are different ways to lubricate a catheter. The first option is to tear off both ends of the lubricant packet and slide the catheter back and forth through the packet (as shown below).

Lubricating your catheter before you use it
Another option is to tear off the top of the packet (or use a tube of lubricant) and squeeze lubricant all along the catheter. 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
This guide shows women how to use the GentleCath Straight Catheter (or similar intermittent catheters).

Self-Catheterization for Females

Intermittent Catheterization instructional video from the National Association for Continence (NAFC).


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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