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What is a female catheter?

A female catheter is a medical device that is used to drain urine from the bladder in women. It is a small, flexible tube that is inserted into the urethra and passed up into the bladder. There are different types of female catheters, including indwelling catheters, which are left in place for a period of time, and intermittent catheters, which are inserted and removed each time urine needs to be drained.An intermittent female catheter is shorter in length, usually between five and eight inches long. Because the female urethra isn't as long as the male urethra, women have the option of using a female catheter however, they can also use the standard length catheter if they prefer. Female catheters are commonly used in cases where a woman is unable to empty her bladder on her own, such as after surgery or childbirth, or in cases of urinary incontinence. They are also used to collect urine for testing or measurement purposes.


Is there a difference between male and female catheters?

Yes, a standard male intermittent catheter is about 16 inches in length, whereas a female intermittent catheter is around six inches in length. It is still safe and effective for a woman to use a long intermittent catheter, so the choice comes down to personal preference. However, a man cannot use a female catheter because it is not long enough to reach the bladder.


Does a female catheter hurt?

The insertion of a female catheter can be done by a healthcare provider in a hospital or clinic setting, or it can be done at home with the guidance of a healthcare provider. The procedure is typically quick and relatively painless, although some women may experience discomfort or irritation. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider for caring for and maintaining your catheter to prevent infection or other complications. Intermittent cathing generally should not be a painful process. If you experience pain while inserting a female catheter, you may be using too large of a french size. Sizing down may help relieve discomfort. If your catheter does not glide in easily, try applying lubricant or opt for a pre-lubricated catheter. This will help reduce friction during insertion and removal.


Types of Female Urinary Catheters

Female intermittent catheters are used to treat urinary retention and urinary incontinence in women. They are available in several varieties, including hydrophilic, compact, closed system, and more. You also have the option of using a basic uncoated catheter. Each one of these products has its own benefits. In most cases, it is safe and effective for a woman to use any type of female catheter. If you are unsure of which type of female catheter to use, talk with your healthcare professional and they can help point you in the right direction.

Hydrophilic

A hydrophilic catheter comes pre-packaged with a lubricant coating already on the catheter. A sterile water solution is also included that reacts with the coating to make the catheter surface slick. This increases comfort while inserting and removing the catheter. You won't have to apply as much force during insertion, which lowers the risk of causing urethral trauma. The sterile water is either in the form of a sachet that you break or already distributed throughout the packaging. A hydrophilic catheter allows you to cath on the go without having to pack separate supplies.

Compact

Compact catheters are a popular choice among women due to their small size. The packaging allows a full size, pre-lubricated catheter to be contained into a tube that is about the size of a lipstick. This tube design also prevents you from having to touch the actual catheter, which promotes a more sanitary cathing process. A compact catheter eliminates the need to carry separate lubricant. This is a more discreet way of taking an intermittent catheter with you. Our medical blog outlines more features and advantages of a pocket catheter. There are also compact catheters specifically designed for men.

Closed System

A closed system catheter is a pre-lubricated catheter that is housed inside a collection bag. This creates a sterile field for cathing. The introducer tip protrudes out from the drainage bag has a cap over it to protect the tip for sanitation purposes. Instead of draining the catheter into a toilet, the urine flows directly into the bag. The benefit of using a closed system kit is that the user never has to touch the catheter, greatly reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. This type of catheter can also be helpful for people with limited mobility because they do not need to be near a toilet in order to cath.

Uncoated

Some women prefer using an uncoated catheter. The benefit of this type of catheter is that the packaging is lightweight since water sachets or drainage bags are not included. Incorporating a separate lubricating jelly along with an uncoated catheter will make insertion and removal much more comfortable. It reduces friction and prevents micro tears in the skin. You will have to apply the lubricant to the length of the catheter yourself prior to insertion. Some catheter lubricants are gel-like in consistency, while others are more watery. Trying out different brands will help you decide which is best for you. Express Medical Supply sells sterile lubricating jelly in tubes as well as individual packets. It is very important to make sure your lubricant is a sterile and water-based lubricating jelly that is made for medical use.

Luer End

Standard female catheters are offered with a luer end or a funnel end. These names refer to the end that the urine drains from, not the end that is inserted into the body. A luer catheter is the most basic design. The end is straight and has a hole for urine to drain. The slim design means that the packaging is a bit less bulky.

Funnel

A funnel catheter flares out at the end and typically has a colored gripper. The color denotes the French size and the grip prevents you from having to touch the catheter tube itself. Some grippers can be moved up and down the length of the catheter, while others are stationary at the bottom.

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Picture of Coloplast Self Cath - 6" Female Catheter

Coloplast Self Cath - 6" Female Catheter

  • Each, box of 30, case of 12 boxes (360)
  • Sterile intermittent catheter
  • Latex free
  • Polished eyelets and optional funnel end
  • Each, box of 30, case of 12 boxes (360)
From: $0.82
Picture of Cure - 6" Female Catheter with Funnel End

Cure - 6" Female Catheter with Funnel End

  • Sterile catheter
  • No DEHP
  • Highly polished eyelets
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (10 Fr is NOT available by the each)
From: $0.60
Picture of Cure Twist - 6" Pre Lubricated Female Catheter

Cure Twist - 6" Pre Lubricated Female Catheter

  • Compact size
  • Easy twist off cap
  • Pre lubricated catheter
  • Polished eyelets
  • DEHP and latex free
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.34
Picture of Cure Ultra - 5" Pre-Lubricated Female Catheter

Cure Ultra - 5" Pre-Lubricated Female Catheter

  • Small, easy to use packaging
  • No DEHP, BPA, or latex
  • Pre lubricated
  • Straight tip with funnel end
  • Fire polished eyelets
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
From: $0.90
Picture of GentleCath - 6.5" Female Catheter

GentleCath - 6.5" Female Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Round polished eyelets
  • Straight tip intermittent catheter with funnel end
  • Each, box of 100
From: $0.48
Picture of GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve
  • Funnel shaped end
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Sterile catheter
From: $1.64
Picture of LoFric - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

LoFric - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Soft, flexible design
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Does not contain latex, PVC, or phthalates
From: $64.88
Picture of LoFric Primo - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

LoFric Primo - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Catheter fits in a purse or pocket
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Free of PVC, latex, and phthalates
  • Each, box of 30, case of 4 boxes (120)
From: $2.15
Picture of Rusch - 7.2" Female Catheter

Rusch - 7.2" Female Catheter

  • Color coded funnel
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Sterile catheter
  • Each, box of 100
From: $0.48
Picture of SpeediCath - Compact Plus Hydrophilic Female Catheter

SpeediCath - Compact Plus Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Hydrophilic catheter
  • Free of latex, PVC, and phthalates
  • 2 cm longer than traditional Speedicath Compact
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.89
Picture of SpeediCath - Hydrophilic Female Catheter

SpeediCath - Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • PVC and phthalate free
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • 2.75" long
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.89
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Picture of Bard Magic 3 Go - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Bard Magic 3 Go - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • No water or lubricant needed
  • Ergonomically designed area for a secure grip for easier insertion
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.89
Picture of SpeediCath - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

SpeediCath - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Pre-hydrated, ready to use catheter
  • Polished eyelets and hydrophilic coating
  • Packaging can be opened with one finger
  • Free of latex, PVC, and phthalates
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.86
Picture of Hollister VaPro Plus - 8" Closed System Catheter

Hollister VaPro Plus - 8" Closed System Catheter

  • Straight tip
  • No latex, PVC, or phthalates
  • Hydrophilic female catheter
  • Protective sleeve and covered tip
From: $5.95
Picture of VaPro Plus Pocket - 8" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

VaPro Plus Pocket - 8" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex, PVC, and phthalate free
  • Pocket pack measures 3 3/4" W x 6" L
  • Protective tip and sleeve reduce bacterial contamination
From: $5.63
Picture of Covidien Dover - 6.5" Female Catheter

Covidien Dover - 6.5" Female Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Latex free vinyl
  • Two drainage eyelets
From: $0.75
Picture of Rusch FloCath Quick - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Rusch FloCath Quick - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Drainage bag, skin prep, underpad, and gloves included
  • Travel-friendly catheter kit
  • Latex free
  • Sterile
From: $196.27
Picture of Cure - 6" Female Catheter

Cure - 6" Female Catheter

  • Straight, round tip
  • Polished eyelets
  • Latex, BPA, and DEHP free
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
From: $0.60
Picture of Medline - 6" Female Catheter

Medline - 6" Female Catheter

  • Color coded funnel
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Intermittent catheter
  • Sterile
From: $33.95
Picture of Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter

Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter

  • Easy to open and close with one hand
  • Will not leak when reclosed
  • Easy to grip and remove from case
  • Available in 10 - 14 FR
  • Sold by the each and the box of 30
  • Discreet case with a pearlescent finish with a satin sheen
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.73
Picture of BD Ready-To-Use 7.5" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

BD Ready-To-Use 7.5" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Shorter 7.5" length fits the female urethra
  • Hydrophilic PVP coating
  • Two polished eyelets
  • Integrated insertion aid
  • BPA, DEHP, latex, and phthalate free
From: $1.67
Picture of Convatec GentleCath Glide 8" Female Catheter

Convatec GentleCath Glide 8" Female Catheter

  • Low-friction hydrophilic surface for easy and comfortable cathing
  • Smooth and slippery design to enhance the cathing experience
  • Made without DEHP, latex, or PVP for a safe and gentle option
  • No-touch handling sleeve to minimize the risk of infection
  • Convenient 8-inch length for comfort and ease of use
  • FeelClean technology reduces mess and residue
  • No need for lubricating jelly tubes or packets
  • Each box contains 30 GentleCath Glide Female Catheters, product can also be purchased by the each
From: $1.85
Picture of Rusch FloCath Quick 8" Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter

Rusch FloCath Quick 8" Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter

FloCath Quick Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter Features

Key Features of the FloCath Quick Hydrophilic Female Intermittent Catheter

  • Integrated All-in-One Package: the catheter comes in a compact, discreet package that includes the FloCath Quick Hydrophilic Catheter with a patented handling sheath and a packet of sterile 0.9% saline solution. Everything you need in one convenient package.
  • Touchless Insertion: The handling sheath provides an easy grip, allowing for touchless insertion. It ensures a secure hold and smooth guidance during placement, enhancing your comfort and reducing potential discomfort.
  • Extended Reach Option: Need extended reach? No problem. The sheath can also be pushed back, providing you with the flexibility to reach challenging areas comfortably and confidently.
  • Gentle and Comfortable: Experience a gentle tapered tip and soft eye technology, ensuring a comfortable and painless insertion process. Your well-being is the priority, and the catheter is designed with your comfort in mind.
  • Clear Size Identification: The color-coded funnel makes it easy to identify the correct size at a glance. Say goodbye to confusion – the intuitive design helps you make accurate choices quickly and confidently.
  • Latex-Free and Allergy-Friendly: Crafted without natural rubber latex, the catheter minimizes the risk of allergic reactions, ensuring your peace of mind and safety.
  • Each, Box of 30
  • These features collectively make the FloCath Quick Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter a top choice for a comfortable, convenient, and reliable solution. Make an informed decision and choose the catheter that puts your well-being first.

    From: $1.90
    Picture of Rusch Easy Cath 7" Female Catheter

    Rusch Easy Cath 7" Female Catheter

    Rusch Easy Cath 7" Female Catheter Features

    Key Features of the Rusch Easy Cath 7" Female Catheter

    • Comfortable Insertion: Polished Soft-Eye Technology and a tapered tip ensure a smooth and comfortable insertion process, minimizing discomfort.
    • Latex-Free Material: Made from clear PVC material, the catheter eliminates concerns about latex allergies, providing peace of mind during use.
    • Optimized Drainage: Recessed Soft Eye eyelets enhance drainage, promoting better fluid flow and overall catheter performance.
    • Tailored for Women: Specifically designed for women, the catheter's 7-inch length and tapered tip provide a comfortable fit for female anatomy.
    • Multiple Size Options: Available in a range of sizes (10Fr to 16Fr), with color-coded funnels for easy size identification, catering to individual needs.
    • Hygienic and Sterile: Each catheter is sterile and designed for single-use, ensuring the highest standards of hygiene and safety.
    • Quantity:Sold by the each and/or the box of 50 catheters.
    From: $0.82
    Picture of Cure Ultra Plus 8" Pre-Lubricated Female Catheter

    Cure Ultra Plus 8" Pre-Lubricated Female Catheter

    • 8" pre-lubricated catheter for women
    • Smooth, fire polished eyelets for gentle use
    • Available in 12Fr and 14Fr sizes
    • Ready-to-use with ultra-low resistance
    • CoverAll application process for even lubricant distribution
    • 'No Roll' connector/funnel end for increased confidence when draining
    • Sold by the each, box of 30, and the case of 10 boxes (300)
    From: $1.06
    Product Information

    What is a female catheter?

    A female catheter is a medical device that is used to drain urine from the bladder in women. It is a small, flexible tube that is inserted into the urethra and passed up into the bladder. There are different types of female catheters, including indwelling catheters, which are left in place for a period of time, and intermittent catheters, which are inserted and removed each time urine needs to be drained.An intermittent female catheter is shorter in length, usually between five and eight inches long. Because the female urethra isn't as long as the male urethra, women have the option of using a female catheter however, they can also use the standard length catheter if they prefer. Female catheters are commonly used in cases where a woman is unable to empty her bladder on her own, such as after surgery or childbirth, or in cases of urinary incontinence. They are also used to collect urine for testing or measurement purposes.


    Is there a difference between male and female catheters?

    Yes, a standard male intermittent catheter is about 16 inches in length, whereas a female intermittent catheter is around six inches in length. It is still safe and effective for a woman to use a long intermittent catheter, so the choice comes down to personal preference. However, a man cannot use a female catheter because it is not long enough to reach the bladder.


    Does a female catheter hurt?

    The insertion of a female catheter can be done by a healthcare provider in a hospital or clinic setting, or it can be done at home with the guidance of a healthcare provider. The procedure is typically quick and relatively painless, although some women may experience discomfort or irritation. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider for caring for and maintaining your catheter to prevent infection or other complications. Intermittent cathing generally should not be a painful process. If you experience pain while inserting a female catheter, you may be using too large of a french size. Sizing down may help relieve discomfort. If your catheter does not glide in easily, try applying lubricant or opt for a pre-lubricated catheter. This will help reduce friction during insertion and removal.


    Types of Female Urinary Catheters

    Female intermittent catheters are used to treat urinary retention and urinary incontinence in women. They are available in several varieties, including hydrophilic, compact, closed system, and more. You also have the option of using a basic uncoated catheter. Each one of these products has its own benefits. In most cases, it is safe and effective for a woman to use any type of female catheter. If you are unsure of which type of female catheter to use, talk with your healthcare professional and they can help point you in the right direction.

    Hydrophilic

    A hydrophilic catheter comes pre-packaged with a lubricant coating already on the catheter. A sterile water solution is also included that reacts with the coating to make the catheter surface slick. This increases comfort while inserting and removing the catheter. You won't have to apply as much force during insertion, which lowers the risk of causing urethral trauma. The sterile water is either in the form of a sachet that you break or already distributed throughout the packaging. A hydrophilic catheter allows you to cath on the go without having to pack separate supplies.

    Compact

    Compact catheters are a popular choice among women due to their small size. The packaging allows a full size, pre-lubricated catheter to be contained into a tube that is about the size of a lipstick. This tube design also prevents you from having to touch the actual catheter, which promotes a more sanitary cathing process. A compact catheter eliminates the need to carry separate lubricant. This is a more discreet way of taking an intermittent catheter with you. Our medical blog outlines more features and advantages of a pocket catheter. There are also compact catheters specifically designed for men.

    Closed System

    A closed system catheter is a pre-lubricated catheter that is housed inside a collection bag. This creates a sterile field for cathing. The introducer tip protrudes out from the drainage bag has a cap over it to protect the tip for sanitation purposes. Instead of draining the catheter into a toilet, the urine flows directly into the bag. The benefit of using a closed system kit is that the user never has to touch the catheter, greatly reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. This type of catheter can also be helpful for people with limited mobility because they do not need to be near a toilet in order to cath.

    Uncoated

    Some women prefer using an uncoated catheter. The benefit of this type of catheter is that the packaging is lightweight since water sachets or drainage bags are not included. Incorporating a separate lubricating jelly along with an uncoated catheter will make insertion and removal much more comfortable. It reduces friction and prevents micro tears in the skin. You will have to apply the lubricant to the length of the catheter yourself prior to insertion. Some catheter lubricants are gel-like in consistency, while others are more watery. Trying out different brands will help you decide which is best for you. Express Medical Supply sells sterile lubricating jelly in tubes as well as individual packets. It is very important to make sure your lubricant is a sterile and water-based lubricating jelly that is made for medical use.

    Luer End

    Standard female catheters are offered with a luer end or a funnel end. These names refer to the end that the urine drains from, not the end that is inserted into the body. A luer catheter is the most basic design. The end is straight and has a hole for urine to drain. The slim design means that the packaging is a bit less bulky.

    Funnel

    A funnel catheter flares out at the end and typically has a colored gripper. The color denotes the French size and the grip prevents you from having to touch the catheter tube itself. Some grippers can be moved up and down the length of the catheter, while others are stationary at the bottom.

    Buy Female Catheters and Supplies Online


    Easily order self-catheterization products for women online. We provide intermittent catheterization products and supplies for women at low prices. Place your order now!
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