Disposable catheters are simple to use and can be easily part of your routine, just like brushing your teeth. They are readily available in the market and can be delivered straight to your door. Disposable catheters usually come in a slim plastic tube and can be lubed or unlubricated, check the label before using.
You should relieve your bladder right before you wake-up and before going to sleep. Catheterize regularly throughout the day with the same intervals as you would when normally using the bathroom, between 4 to 6 times a day. Blocked urine can cause serious infections, worsen your condition and lead to kidney failure or other serious complications. It is important to relieve yourself regularly even if you do not feel the need to pee, keep track of how many times a day you catheterize.
Cleanliness is the most important part of your catheterization routine. Begin by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water. You can use disposable cloths, wet wipes or soap and water to clean the genital area. If needed, make sure you pull back the penis foreskin to properly wash. If your catheter does not come with a coating, use lubricant or jelly, apply it to the catheter and to the tip of your penis. Some of them also come with a drainage bag that can be connected to the tubing or you can also conveniently use the toilet. Make sure your bathroom is spotless and avoid having the catheter come into contact against any bathroom surface.
Slowly insert the catheter inside the urethra (the small opening at the tip of your penis). If you´re having trouble, don’t panic, just begin again. Hold your penis with one hand and insert the catheter with your writing hand. Keep steady and relax. It may be nerve racking at first, but with practice you will feel more comfortable. Once the urine begins to flow out, continue to insert the catheter another 5 centimeters. While you need to be patient, you may require a larger size if there is no discharge after too long a time. Consult with your doctor or health care professional if the issue persists.
Once finished, slowly remove the catheter until it’s completely out of the urethra. Disposable catheters can be practical as they are used only one time and be thrown out in your bathroom waste basket. Wrap it with toilet paper or put it in a bag to avoid accidental contact with other people. Remember to wash your hands and wipe down your member before leaving the bathroom.
This medical device can be a practical solution for you. They are very convenient for going out in public and travelling. While there is no scientific proof that disposable catheters can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI), they can help you lower the probability of improper cleaning techniques. Further, it can be time saving since you don’t have to thoroughly wash the tubes after each use; remember, you will be relieving your bladder up to six times a day! Discussing all your options with your health care professional is an important step. You could also ask for a demonstration for self-catheterization.