What is intermittent catheterisation?
Intermittent catheterisation is the repeated (with breaks) emptying of the bladder with the help of a catheter that has been inserted via the urethra. This is usually not painful. Intermittent catheterisation, also called self-catheterisation, offers many people with bladder problems an improved quality of life. Let us tell you more about self-catheterisation and the catheters we’ve developed at Curan.
What does an intermittent catheter look like?
An intermittent catheter is a thin, transparent plastic tube that has been specially designed to transport urine out of the bladder. At the end of the tube that sits in the bladder, there are two openings. These opening are also called eyes and they are there to ensure that the urine enters the catheter. At the other end of the catheter, where the urine comes out, is a connector that you direct into the toilet. Your urine will flow into the toilet and the catheter helps you to fully empty your bladder.
Male and female catheterisation
Intermittent catheterisation works for both men and women with bladder problems. Because a male urethra is longer than a female’s, there is a difference between male and female catheters.