Top challenges for first time Catheter users

Overcoming new catheter users’ top challenges


There are several options for male catheters, so taking the time to determine which one is the best for you is valuable. You will find a way that suits you physically and helps you enjoy your lifestyle with your healthcare provider’s aid. It is essential that you are relaxed with the catheterization routine.

Challenges can come with beginning any form of regimen, and your new catheter regimen is no different. Don’t be discouraged if you are having some difficulty. To make self-catheterization as convenient and straightforward as possible, here are some tips and shortcuts.


The Challenge of Removing Catheters

During insertion, catheters that use a gel are generally slippery but lose some of that slipperiness on the way out. This can make it more difficult to remove the catheter and cause the patient to feel pain. It might also take a little while to drain the bladder for those who have limited mobility or are new to catheterizing, creating a greater chance of the catheter drying out when it is time to remove it.

Tip: Tight muscles will make it harder to remove a dry catheter, so try to relax. It can also make it travel more easily by coughing or spinning the catheter. You also might want to request a hydrophilic catheter.

Using Catheters Away from Home

Using catheters in a friend’s house or public bathroom may be awkward or inconvenient, mainly because you do not want to emphasize the fact that you are doing something that people might not understand.

Tip: Use a smaller catheter or one that folds to a different size, and if you don’t feel comfortable tossing it in the garbage, carry a small resealable plastic bag to store the used catheter. In order for you to bring the used catheter with you and throw it out at home, some catheters are often equipped with packaging that allows you to store the catheter. You’ll soon be a catheterization pro, and then the time spent in the bathroom won’t be a concern anymore.


Using a Catheter with Minimal Dexterity 

It may not be easy to open the catheter or perform catheterization comfortably if you have minimal hand control.

Tips: Ask for an easy-to-handle catheter. Water stimulates a hydrophilic catheter, and confident “wet” catheters come in a box of water, so you don’t need to add gels or any other lubricant. Some products, such as adhesive tape for holding, have strategic kit features or assistance aids to sell. Ask for advice from your nurse or trainer.


The Catheter Won’t Go All The Way Through, 

Some men may have difficulty inserting the catheter past the muscles of the prostate or tense sphincter.

Tip: As you insert the catheter, try to relax, take a few deep breaths and allow yourself a mild cough. To get through, you can also attempt to twist the catheter just a little bit. Catheters with a tapered tip also exist, which could simplify the insertion. The secret to success is preparation!


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