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Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheters

When it comes to intermittent catheters, the terms pre-lubricated, self-lubricated, and hydrophilic are used interchangeably. However, they are not exactly the same. Hydrophilic catheters are intermittent catheters that are packaged with a lubricated coating and a sterile saline solution. The sterile saline solution is in a pouch inside the packaging. The pouch of saline will need to be broken by the user. Once the sachet is broken, the saline solution interacts with the hydrophilic coating on the catheter and makes the catheter surface very slippery. This greatly reduces the amount of pressure you have to apply when inserting the catheter, making cathing easier and reduces any potential trauma to the urethra. We also carry hydrophilic catheters that do not require activation. The saline solution is already mixed within the catheter packaging. This eliminates one step of the cathing process. Please see our blog on the different types of hydrophilic catheters for more information.

Hydrophilic Coated Catheters

Pre-lubricated urinary catheters, also called self-lubricated catheters, are covered in a “no drip” sterile lubricating gel when you buy them. They are immediately ready for insertion after opening. You do not need to purchase a separate catheter lubricant. Pre-lubricated catheters are less messy than uncoated catheters, which require separate lubricant. Pre-lubricated catheters make it easy to cath away from home. You won't have to carry around as many catheter supplies and you don't have to worry about applying lubricant in a public restroom. Cure Medical is a popular brand of pre-lubricated catheters that are available in both straight tip and coude tip.

Uncoated Catheters

Uncoated catheters have no lubricant on them when you purchase them. They are very cost effective compared to hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters. When using a standard catheter, is common to apply lubricating jelly to the catheter before insertion. This will make cathing easy and you won't have to apply as much force to insert the catheter. Applying less pressure reduces your risk of causing urethral trauma. We offer catheter lubricant in tubes and individually-wrapped packets. The single use packets are especially convenient to use on-the-go. For more about the different types of catheters including straight, hydrophilic, closed-system, and coude catheters, read our catheter guide.

What are the Benefits of Using a Hydrophilic Catheter?

  1. Reduced Friction: Hydrophilic catheters have a specialized coating that reduces friction during insertion and withdrawal, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable catheterization process.
  2. Ease of Insertion: The hydrophilic coating allows the catheter to glide easily through the urethra without the need for additional lubrication, simplifying the insertion process and minimizing discomfort or irritation.
  3. Reduced Risk of Injury: The smooth surface of a hydrophilic catheter reduces the risk of urethral trauma or damage during insertion, particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive or delicate urethral tissues.
  4. Convenience: Hydrophilic catheters are pre-lubricated and ready to use straight out of the packaging, eliminating the need for carrying separate lubricants or water for activation, making them convenient for travel or on-the-go use.
  5. Hygiene: Hydrophilic catheters are typically sterile, reducing the risk of infection or contamination. The packaging is designed to maintain the sterility of the catheter until it is ready for use, promoting a hygienic catheterization experience.
  6. User-Friendly: The smooth surface and ease of insertion make hydrophilic catheters user-friendly, especially for individuals who perform self-catheterization. They provide a more comfortable and efficient process, enhancing overall satisfaction and compliance with catheterization routines.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate catheter type based on individual needs and medical requirements.

Order Hydrophillic Catheters Online

We offer a large collection of urology products online that can be easily ordered and shipped to your home. Conveniently order your hydrophilic catheters and accessories online now!

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Picture of Bard Magic 3 - 16" Hydrophilic Catheter

Bard Magic 3 - 16" Hydrophilic Catheter

  • Length: 16"
  • French sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20
  • Latex free, hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter
  • Insertion sleeve included, makes for easy use and clean up
  • Innovative packaging is easy to prep while maintaining sterility
  • All silicone design eliminates the potential risks associated with latex and PVC catheters
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.84
Picture of Bard Magic 3 - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter with Insertion Sleeve

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
  • Each, box of 30
From: $3.87
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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 Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Uncoated Gripzone area
  • Hydrophilic coating provides excellent lubrication and activates with water
  • Each, box of 30, and case of 12 boxes (360); 16 Fr is sold by the box and case only
From: $2.11
Picture of Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Soft Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Soft Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Hydrophilic coating activates with water
  • Uncoated Gripzone area for easier handling
  • Each, box of 30
From: $2.11
Picture of Coloplast Speedicath - 14" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

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
  • Each, box of 30
From: $3.46
Picture of Coloplast SpeediCath - 14" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Coloplast SpeediCath - 14" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Coloplast SpeediCath Features

  • Instantly ready to use due to the unique hydrophilic coating
  • Designed to reduce friction for added comfort with hydrophilic coating and polished eyelets
  • Ring-pull opening feature for easy and quick access
  • Adhesive dot ensures the catheter stays securely in place
  • PVC- and phthalate-free, limiting environmental impact
  • French sizes available: 12, 14, 16, and 18
  • Tip style: Straight
  • Sold by the Each, box of 30
  • 18 Fr is only available by the box of 30
  • Latex-free for user safety
From: $1.86
Picture of Coloplast SpeediCath - Compact Male Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Coloplast SpeediCath - Compact Male Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Easily fits in pants pocket or back pack
  • 700 ml SpeediBag bag is included for urine collection
  • Pre-hydrated intermittent catheter makes cathing much easier
  • Disposal: put catheter back in case and twist close, then discard
  • Box of 20
From: $107.45
Picture of Coloplast SpeediCath - Compact Male Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter Set

Coloplast SpeediCath - Compact Male Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter Set

  • 750 ml attached bag with pre-hydrated intermittent catheter
  • Each catheter is pre-packed in sterile saline
  • Easily fits in purse or pocket
  • Each, box of 20
From: $5.95
Picture of ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve included, makes for easy use and clean up
  • Innovative packaging is easy to prep while maintaining sterility
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Sterile
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.64
Picture of ConvaTec Tiemann GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

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
  • Each, box of 30
From: $1.88
Picture of Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Smooth polished eyelets for improved urethra safety during insertion and removal of catheter
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
From: $2.20
Picture of Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP Free
  • Polished eyelets for easier insertion
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
From: $1.49
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 - 16" Pre Lubricated Straight Catheter

Cure Ultra - 16" Pre Lubricated Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • Easy tear top
  • French size: 12, 14, and 16
  • "No roll" connector/funnel end
  • Polished eyelets for easier insertion
  • Intermittent catheter with easy grip sleeve
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
From: $1.04
Picture of Cure Ultra - 16" Pre-Lubricated Coude Catheter

Cure Ultra - 16" Pre-Lubricated Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • "No roll" connector
  • Smooth eyelet design
  • Funnel end with easy grip sleeve
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
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 - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve
  • Funnel shaped end
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Sterile catheter
From: $1.64
Picture of Hollister Onli - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

Hollister Onli - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • This product is being discontinued, sizes are limited
  • Sterile
  • Straight tip
  • Simple to use
  • Easy open package
  • Pre-hydrated catheter
From: $1.79
Picture of Hollister VaPro Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Closed System Catheter

Hollister VaPro Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Closed System Catheter

  • Latex free
  • Catheterization on the go, no receptacle needed
  • Provides ease of use and protection from bacteria
  • Hydrophilic catheter with a tip and sleeve
  • Each, box of 30
From: $5.95
Picture of Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket  - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Vapro Plus Pocket Benefits:

  • Sterile and Convenient: No Touch Protection with a small, ergonomic tip and sleeve.
  • Integrated Collection Bag: 1000ml bag, easy to open, empty, with an anti-reflux valve.
  • Portable Design: Pocket-sized packaging for on-the-go and discreet use.
  • Comfortable Insertion: Smaller protective tip and rounded eyelets for enhanced comfort.
  • Germ-Free Grip: Protective sleeve for a no-touch system, providing a barrier against germs.
  • Safe Material: Latex-free, made from phthalates-free PVC material for user safety.
  • Size Options: Available in French sizes: 12 Fr, 14 Fr, and 16 Fr.
  • Flexible Purchasing: Sold individually or in boxes of 30 for convenience and savings.
From: $5.63
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 Origo - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

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
  • Each, box of 30, case of 4 boxes (120)
From: $5.68
Picture of LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

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
  • Box of 30, case of 4 boxes (120)
From: $131.35
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
Product Information

Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheters

When it comes to intermittent catheters, the terms pre-lubricated, self-lubricated, and hydrophilic are used interchangeably. However, they are not exactly the same. Hydrophilic catheters are intermittent catheters that are packaged with a lubricated coating and a sterile saline solution. The sterile saline solution is in a pouch inside the packaging. The pouch of saline will need to be broken by the user. Once the sachet is broken, the saline solution interacts with the hydrophilic coating on the catheter and makes the catheter surface very slippery. This greatly reduces the amount of pressure you have to apply when inserting the catheter, making cathing easier and reduces any potential trauma to the urethra. We also carry hydrophilic catheters that do not require activation. The saline solution is already mixed within the catheter packaging. This eliminates one step of the cathing process. Please see our blog on the different types of hydrophilic catheters for more information.

Hydrophilic Coated Catheters

Pre-lubricated urinary catheters, also called self-lubricated catheters, are covered in a “no drip” sterile lubricating gel when you buy them. They are immediately ready for insertion after opening. You do not need to purchase a separate catheter lubricant. Pre-lubricated catheters are less messy than uncoated catheters, which require separate lubricant. Pre-lubricated catheters make it easy to cath away from home. You won't have to carry around as many catheter supplies and you don't have to worry about applying lubricant in a public restroom. Cure Medical is a popular brand of pre-lubricated catheters that are available in both straight tip and coude tip.

Uncoated Catheters

Uncoated catheters have no lubricant on them when you purchase them. They are very cost effective compared to hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters. When using a standard catheter, is common to apply lubricating jelly to the catheter before insertion. This will make cathing easy and you won't have to apply as much force to insert the catheter. Applying less pressure reduces your risk of causing urethral trauma. We offer catheter lubricant in tubes and individually-wrapped packets. The single use packets are especially convenient to use on-the-go. For more about the different types of catheters including straight, hydrophilic, closed-system, and coude catheters, read our catheter guide.

What are the Benefits of Using a Hydrophilic Catheter?

  1. Reduced Friction: Hydrophilic catheters have a specialized coating that reduces friction during insertion and withdrawal, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable catheterization process.
  2. Ease of Insertion: The hydrophilic coating allows the catheter to glide easily through the urethra without the need for additional lubrication, simplifying the insertion process and minimizing discomfort or irritation.
  3. Reduced Risk of Injury: The smooth surface of a hydrophilic catheter reduces the risk of urethral trauma or damage during insertion, particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive or delicate urethral tissues.
  4. Convenience: Hydrophilic catheters are pre-lubricated and ready to use straight out of the packaging, eliminating the need for carrying separate lubricants or water for activation, making them convenient for travel or on-the-go use.
  5. Hygiene: Hydrophilic catheters are typically sterile, reducing the risk of infection or contamination. The packaging is designed to maintain the sterility of the catheter until it is ready for use, promoting a hygienic catheterization experience.
  6. User-Friendly: The smooth surface and ease of insertion make hydrophilic catheters user-friendly, especially for individuals who perform self-catheterization. They provide a more comfortable and efficient process, enhancing overall satisfaction and compliance with catheterization routines.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate catheter type based on individual needs and medical requirements.

Order Hydrophillic Catheters Online

We offer a large collection of urology products online that can be easily ordered and shipped to your home. Conveniently order your hydrophilic catheters and accessories online now!

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