What is Intermittent Self-Catheterization? It is the process of emptying one’s bladder using
catheter (tube to carry urine) when person is unable to do so naturally on their own. This
occurs 4-6 times per day or per doctor’s recommendation.
It is natural to feel uneasy when you are first learning how to use a catheter. The instructions below will help you step-by-step through the process so you can confidently and safely perform self-catheterization.
Follow the steps below to ensure proper cleansing:
Once the above steps have been completed, use the nondominant hand to gently spread open of the penis and use the dominant hand to insert the catheter using the following steps:
Stop insertion once flow begins as catheter has reached the bladder opening. When urine flow stops, the bladder has emptied. Slowly remove the catheter and dispose in trash receptacle. Upon completion, rewash hands thoroughly.
Be sure to notice if there is any burning afterwards, foul odor, if urine is dark or cloudy, or if there is blood in urine. Consult a doctor if this occurs. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for how many times you should empty your bladder each day.
If you are having trouble inserting the catheter here are some useful tips:
• take continuous breaths and try to relax;
• be sure the catheter well lubricated;
• and try changing the angle of the catheter into the urethra.
If you are having difficulty removing the catheter, here are some things to try: • relax as much as possible and remember to breathe continuously; • cough while simultaneously and gently removing catheter; • and use a spiral motion and slowly remove the catheter.
Disclaimer: Please note that these self-catheterization instructions are a general guideline. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider.