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When it comes to intermittent catheters, the terms pre-lubricated, self-lubricated, and hydrophilic are used interchangeably. However, they are not ... [read more]
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LoFric Primo - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Catheter fits in a purse or pocket
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Free of PVC, latex, and phthalates
From $2.04

Coloplast SpeediCath - 14" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Each catheter is pre-packed in sterile saline
  • DEHP and phthalate free
From $1.71

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
From $2.00

Bard - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • French sizes: 18
  • Hydrophilic coating on a silicone catheter
  • Packaged with sterile water for easy preparation
From $1.64

Rusch FloCath - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • No additional lubricant needed
  • Smooth, polished surface, staggered eyes
  • "Slippery When Wet" catheter, hydrophilic coating reduces friction
From $1.20

Rusch FloCath - 16" Quick Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • No gloves or gels necessary
  • Includes sterile saline, pouch, and PVC intermittent catheter with protective sheath
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
From $2.03

Bard - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Sterile
  • 6” hydrophilic catheter
  • Sterile water reduces friction
  • Latex and PVC free
From $1.66

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 $124.78

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Guide strip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Hydrophilic tapered tip with funnel end
From $4.24

SpeediCath - Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • PVC and phthalate free
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • 2.75" long
From $1.80

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
From $1.77

Cure Twist - 6" Pre Lubricated Female Catheter

  • Compact size
  • Easy twist off cap
  • Pre lubricated catheter
  • Polished eyelets
  • DEHP and latex free
From $1.27

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
From $1.69

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 $5.40

LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Sterile water pack
  • Folds into pocket or purse
  • Latex free
  • PVC free
From $2.04

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP Free
  • Polished eyelets for easier insertion
From $1.42

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
From $5.82

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
From $1.56

GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve
  • Funnel shaped end
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Sterile catheter
From $1.56

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Smooth polished eyelets for improved urethra safety during insertion and removal of catheter
From $2.09

LoFric - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Soft, flexible design
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Does not contain latex, PVC, or phthalates
From $61.64

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
From $5.35

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 $3.18

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 $5.35

Hollister VaPro Plus Pocket - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Pocket pack measures 4" W x 6" L
  • Discrete male catheter designed for those with active lifestyles
From $5.35

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. 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 types of hydrophilic catheters for more information.

Pre-lubricated 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 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.

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.

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