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The means of emptying the bladder independently with an intermittent catheter.

Sizing guide

SUsed for male external catheters, these semicircular cutouts help determine the diameter of the penis in order to guide catheter selection for correct fit.

Silicone Catheter

Silicone catheters have been shown to be more compatible with the urethral tissue than latex based catheters. This compatibility can lead to lessened aggravation of the urethra and reduced incidence of urethritis. Silicone catheters also feature thinner walls which can result in greater flow, an advantage to catheter users who suffer from blog clots or sediment in their urine. Silicone catheters may be firmer than latex catheters, which some patients say can cause discomfort at insertion

Soft catheter

A gentle, flexible catheter with limited firmness.

SoftFlex barrier

A flexible skin barrier from Hollister Incorporated, which conforms to round and some irregular surfaces. Gentle enough to be removed in 24 hours or less.

Straight Tip Catheter

traight tip intermittent catheters are catheters that have a straight tip with no curved or bent end. As with all intermittent catheters, straight tip intermittent catheters are removed and changed frequently throughout the day

Stress incontinence

TThe involuntary loss of urine associated with physical stress, such as coughing, sneezing, climbing, or lifting.

Suprapubic catheter

A catheter that is inserted through the skin above the pubic bone and into the bladder for continuous drainage of urine.

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