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What is a catheter? Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes ... [read more]

Surgilube - Lubricating Jelly

  • Bacteriostatic
  • Water soluble lubricating jelly
  • Perfect for use with rubber or plastic items
  • Formulated for surgical and gynecological lubrication
From $3.08

ProAdvantage - Lubricating Jelly

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Economical
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Water soluble and non-staining
From $2.90

Dyna Lube - Lubricating Jelly

  • Water soluble
  • Bacteriostatic lubricating jelly
  • Available in tubes and packets
From $1.96

HR - Lubricating Jelly

  • Sterile
  • Made in the USA
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Kosher Certified
  • Water soluble, non-greasy, unscented
From $3.06

Bard Tiemann - 16" Red Rubber Coude Catheter

  • Tip position indicator
  • Sterile, single-use catheter
  • One or two drainage eyes
  • Pliable red rubber construction
  • Coude tip makes for easy insertion
From $6.45

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Tapered Coude Catheter with Guide Stripe

  • Guide strip
  • Coude tip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long, funnel end
From $2.69

Coloplast Self-Cath - 16" Coude Catheter, Olive Tip with Guide Stripe

  • Sterile
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • 16" long, funnel end
  • Coude tip with guide stripe
From $2.72

Rusch Easy Cath - 16" Coude Catheter with Funnel End (Straight Package)

  • Sterile
  • Coude tip with a funnel end
  • Clear latex free PVC material
  • Polished soft eye eyelets for quick drainage
  • 16" intermittent catheter in a straight package
From $2.08

Rusch Tiemann - Coude 16" Intermittent Catheter

  • 16" intermittent catheter with coude tip
  • 2 staggered eyes for better drainage
  • Notch on catheter funnel is used to indicate tip position
  • Color coded for size
  • Sterile
From $2.27

Cure - 16" Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Coude tip
  • DEHP and latex free
  • French sizes: 12 Fr, 14 Fr, 16 Fr, and 18 Fr
  • Highly polished eyes for comfortable insertion and withdrawal
From $0.91

Rusch Easy Cath - 16" Coude Catheter with Funnel End (Curved Package)

  • 16" intermittent catheter with curved package
  • Coude tip with a funnel end
  • Polished soft eye eyelets
  • Clear latex free PVC material
  • French sizes: 12, 14, and 16
  • Sterile
From $2.08

Bard Clean-Cath - 16" Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Coude tip design allows for easy insertion
  • Color coded funnel end for easy size identification
From $2.03

LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Latex free
  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Hydrophilic coude tip catheter
  • Urotonic surface technology helps prevent damage to the urethra
From $127.45

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Guide strip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Hydrophilic tapered tip with funnel end
From $4.34

LoFric Origo - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Smooth eyelets for maximum comfort
  • Free from PVC, phtalates, and latex free
  • Foldable pocket size unit  that doubles as a hygienic disposal pouch
From $5.45

ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Coude Catheter

  • French size: 12, 14, 16, and 18
  • Uncoated PVC plastic with smooth rounded eyelets makes insertion process easier
  • Coude tip catheter with tapered funnel end
From $1.07

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Smooth polished eyelets for improved urethra safety during insertion and removal of catheter
From $2.08

Coloplast Speedicath - 14" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP and phhtalate free
  • French sizes: 12, 14, and 16
  • Each catheter is pre-packed in sterile saline
From $3.16

ConvaTec Tiemann GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Insertion sleeve included, makes for easy use and clean up
  • Innovative packaging is easy to prep while maintaining sterility
From $2.09

Bard Magic 3 - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter with Insertion Sleeve

  • All silicone design eliminates the potential risks associated with latex and PVC catheters
  • Insertion sleeve included, makes for easy use and clean up
  • Innovative packaging is easy to prep while maintaining sterility
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Latex free
From $3.67

Cure Ultra - 16" Pre-Lubricated Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • "No roll" connector
  • Smooth eyelet design
  • Funnel end with easy grip sleeve
From $1.41

SpeediCath - 13" Flex Coude Pro Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile and latex free
  • Protective plastic sleeve
  • French sizes: 12, 14, and 16
  • Pocket style available in 12 and 14 Fr.
  • Available in pocket size packaging
From $4.52

Rusch - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Reduces the risk of UTIs
  • Coude tip
  • 16" pre-lubricated catheter with 1500 ml collection bag
From $369.55

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Coude tapered tip with guide strip
  • Pre-lubricated
  • Designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • 1100 ml urine collection bag
  • Latex free medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
From $3.64

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 14FR, sold in boxes of 50
  • Coude Tip, closed sterile system
  • Lubricated PVC catheter
  • Latex free
  • Included accessories: glove, povidone-iodine swabsticks, BZK wipe, underpad
From $194.07

What is a catheter?

Catheters are sterile medical supplies that are used by people who cannot control their bladder function. Some are thin tubes that are inserted into the body, while others are worn on the outside of the body.

What are the three types of catheters?

The three main types of catheters are intermittent catheters, external catheters, and foley catheters. Each one is meant to treat different urological conditions. Be sure to consult with your doctor to determine which catheter is appropriate for your needs.

What is a catheter used for?

Catheters are used to treat urinary incontinence or urinary retention, depending on the type of catheter. External catheters are used only by men with urinary incontinence. Foley catheters and intermittent catheters treat urinary retention and can be used by men and women.

How does a catheter work?

Each type of catheter works a bit differently. Intermittent catheters and foley catheters are both inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine. External catheters are used by men and are worn on the outside of the penis. A catheter bag connects to the external catheter to collect urine.

Additional Information

Catheters can be used to treat two types of urological conditions, urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Urinary incontinence is involuntary urine leakage. Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder entirely. Some catheters are inserted into the urethra, such as intermittent catheters and foley catheters. Others are worn on the outside of the body, such as condom catheters. Catheters can be made of various materials such as latex, silicone, or red rubber. They are also available in variety of sizes to fit each person's body and help them work properly. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions when choosing a catheter style and size to avoid complications.

Intermittent catheters are thin tubes that are temporarily inserted to drain the bladder of people with urinary retention. Once the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed and thrown away. These in and out catheters are available with a standard straight tip, or an angled tip known as a coude style. The bent tip of a coude catheter helps navigate around an enlarged prostate or urethral obstructions. Intermittent catheters come in various lengths and diameters to fit each person's anatomy. The diameter of the catheter is referred to as the French size. Men have to use longer catheters in order to reach the bladder. The female urethra is not as long as a male, so women have the choice of using a short catheter or full-length catheter. You can also choose catheters that are pre-lubricated, or you can use an uncoated catheter and pair a separate lubricating jelly with it.

External catheters, also known as condom catheters, are one-piece molded sheaths that go around the shaft of the penis. These are used by men with urinary incontinence as an alternative to adult diapers. A leg bag is worn in conjunction to collect the urine that drains from the catheter. You have the choice of connecting the bag directly to the end of the catheter or using extension tubing if you'd like to wear the bag lower on your leg. Some condom catheters have a gentle adhesive on the inside of the sheath to keep it in place throughout the day. Another option is to attach an external catheter to the body using an adhesive foam strip. We carry external catheters that are transparent, which allows you to monitor the condition of your skin while wearing the catheter. If you are new to cathing, please see our blog on how to use a condom catheter.

One type of external catheter is known as a Texas catheter. This three-piece style is comprised of a thin sheath, a silicone tube, and a connector to direct urine from the penis. The sheath of a Texas catheter tends to be thinner and more flexible than that of a molded external catheter. Texas catheters do not have an adhesive on the inside of the sheath. Therefore, you will need to use a medical grade adhesive to keep it secure. Some men also use an adhesive foam strip to secure the catheter around the penis. Express Medical Supply carries a variety of Texas catheters from brands like Covidien Dover and Urocare.

A foley catheter is an indwelling catheter that stays in the body for a longer period of time, up to several days or weeks. Foley catheters are often used after surgeries or by people who are confined to bed. A foley catheter has a hollow balloon on one end. After the balloon is inserted into the body, it is filled with sterile water. This helps keep the catheter in the proper position and prevents it from coming out. When the catheter is ready to be removed, the balloon is deflated. While the foley catheter is in use, a drainage bag will need to be connected to the end of the foley catheter to collect urine. One popular supply that is used along with this type of catheter is a foley catheter securement device. These catheter stabilizers are adhesive pads with a small clamp that the catheter tube sits below for protection. They prevent the catheter from being pulled on or becoming dislodged, which can cause pain and urethral damage.

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