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Self-Catheterization Guide For Beginning Catheter Users

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It is completely normal to feel stressed, embarrassed, or nervous when your doctor tells you that you need to start using catheters. Every day, thousands of Americans use catheters for conditions such as a neurogenic bladder or urinary retention. Using catheters can help you feel more independent and confident. Our catheter experts at Premier Catheter Supplies are happy to assist you with any questions you have about self-catheterization. We carry a variety of supplies and brands, so we are confident in our ability to find the perfect catheter treatment for you. In addition to our wide range of supplies, we also have cathing resources for males, females, and younger patients. Here is some advice for first-time catheter users.
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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.
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Use a Fresh, Sterile Catheter Each Time

It is popular among catheter wearers to use a new, single-use catheter every time they self-cath. There is a lot of potential for bacterial contamination that may lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs) when using catheters, and reusing catheters greatly increases the risk of this contamination. By using a new catheter each time you self-cath, you are using catheters hygienically, which can decrease your risk of getting a UTI.
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Look Out for Anything Unusual

If you ever experience pain or discomfort while self-cathing, you may have an underlying issue. We recommend that you call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

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