Relax and Insert Your Catheter Carefully
It can be challenging to insert a catheter if your muscles are tensed up. It is important to try to relax as best as possible so that you don’t force the catheter if you experience any resistance. Many patients take deep breaths and try again after a few minutes, or cough to loosen their bladders if they experience difficulty inserting their catheter.
Another rule of thumb is to use ample lubrication for intermittent straight catheters so that the catheter glides smoothly through the urethra. A popular lubrication choice is single-use packets that are easy to carry, as well as multiple-use tubes.
Hydrophilic catheters do not require you to manually lubricate, as they lubricate themselves once activated by water. These types of catheters can give you a comfortable and convenient self-cathing experience if straight catheters aren’t a good fit for you.
Premier Catheter Supplies contacts your insurance company directly to see if hydrophilic catheters are covered under your current policy, as well as works with your doctor to obtain all the necessary paperwork required by your insurance provider.
If straight tip catheters are difficult for you to use, your doctor may recommend using curved tip catheters, otherwise known as coudé tip catheters. Catheters with coudé tips are most common for male patients, so are typically only carried in male lengths of 16+ inches. As always, Premier Catheter Supplies recommends talking to your doctor about the different types of catheters to figure out which type and brand work best for your unique needs and preferences.