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What is an intermittent catheter? An intermittent catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to ... [read more]

Cure - 6" Female Catheter with Funnel End

  • Sterile catheter
  • No DEHP
  • Highly polished eyelets
From $0.60

Cure - 16" Straight Catheter

  • 16" intermittent sterile catheter
  • Highly polished eyes for smooth insertion and removal
  • DEHP and latex free
  • 10% of Cure Medical's pretax profits go to medical research
From $0.60

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 $0.90

Bard Touchless Plus - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter

  • Pre-lubricated red rubber catheter
  • Helps prevent a UTI
  • Includes sterile catheter and 1100cc collection bag
  • Available with or without accessories
From $4.06

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 $2.34

Rusch Easy Cath - 16" Straight Catheter in Curved Package

  • Sterile
  • Straight tip
  • French sizes: 12, 14, and 16
  • Polished soft eye eyelets
  • Clear latex free PVC material
From $0.82

Bard - Intermittent Catheterization Tray

  • Single-use irrigation tray
  • Sequence packaging separates prep components from catheter products
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
From $12.45

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 $2.14

Bard - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Sterile
  • 6” hydrophilic catheter
  • Sterile water reduces friction
  • Latex and PVC free
From $1.75

Rusch - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Helps reduce UTI's
  • 16" prelubricated intermittent catheter with collection bag
From $4.13

LoFric Hydro-Kit - Closed Sytem Hydrophilic Catheter

  • Smooth catheter eyes
  • Nelation rounded catheter tips
  • Includes catheter, water pocket, and collection bag
  • Convenient tear point allows for easier emptying
  • Low-friction catheter minimizes risk of infection, while maximizing comfort
  • Latex free
From $5.95

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 $2.07

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 $131.35

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus - 16" Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Guide strip
  • Medical grade PVC
  • Hydrophilic tapered tip with funnel end
From $4.46

SpeediCath - Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • PVC and phthalate free
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • 2.75" long
From $1.89

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 $1.86

Cure - Catheter Insertion Kit

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Includes: Ambidextrous gloves, BZK wipes, collection bag, underpad, and lubricating jelly packet
From $0.96

Bard Magic 3 - 6" Female Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • 3 layer design
  • Tapered catheter tip
  • Large drainage eyelets
From $1.57

Cure Twist - 6" Pre Lubricated Female Catheter

  • Compact size
  • Easy twist off cap
  • Pre lubricated catheter
  • Polished eyelets
  • DEHP and latex free
From $1.34

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 $1.84

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 $5.68

LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Sterile water pack
  • Folds into pocket or purse
  • Latex free
  • PVC free
From $2.15

Cure - 16" Intermittent Pocket Catheter

  • Free of latex, DEHP, and BPA
  • Curved packaging for discretion
  • Easy to open
  • 10% of Cure Medical's pretax profit goes to medical research
From $0.60

Rusch H2O - Hydrophilic Closed System Catheter Kit

  • Designed to reduce urethral trauma
  • Introducer tip protects catheter from bacteria
  • Closed system catherization kit, helps reduce UTIs
  • Sterile compact way to maintain a healthy active lifestyle
From $4.25

Cure - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP Free
  • Polished eyelets for easier insertion
From $1.49

What is an intermittent catheter?

An intermittent catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to empty it. Once the bladder is drained, the catheter should then be removed and thrown away. Intermittent catheters are used by people with urinary retention.

Additional Information

One thing that all straight catheters have are eyelets, which are small holes that allow urine to drain from the urethra. Some catheters have one eyelet, while others have two or more. In general, the more eyelets a catheter has, the faster urine will drain. Cold-pressed eyelets mean that holes are simply punched into the catheter surface. This can leave rough edges around the eyelet holes. Fire-polished eyelets go through a process that smooths out these edges, which can be more comfortable during catheter insertion and removal.

Intermittent catheters can be made from vinyl, silicone, or latex. Vinyl catheters, also referred to as PVC, are the most firm catheters. However, this material is still flexible enough to be maneuvered through the urethra. Silicone is an extremely smooth material and is typically firmer than latex, however there are also soft silicone catheters that are more pliable. Latex is the softest and most flexible of the three. However, if you are allergic to latex rubber, you should avoid using a latex catheter as it can cause a reaction.

The style of tip is another option when choosing an intermittent catheter. It can be the difference between a painful or pain-free experience. A straight catheter is the most commonly used intermittent catheter and it is considered the “standard” tip. This is often the first type of catheter used when someone begins self-cathing. You may find that it works great for you without any trouble. However, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort when inserting a straight tip catheter, you may want to try a coude catheter. Coude catheters have an angled tip that can be guided past an enlarged prostate or urethral stricture. Men with prostate issues may find that using a coude catheter is significantly easier than using a straight one. Along with the regular coude tip, there are two other types of coude catheters. The coude olive tip is slightly bent with a bulb-shaped tip, while the coude tiemann tip has a tapered design and small rounded tip that can fit through smaller openings.

Intermittent catheters are available in uncoated, pre-lubricated, and hydrophilic versions. Uncoated catheters have no lubricant on the outside. You will likely want to use a separate catheter lubricant in conjunction with an uncoated catheter to ease insertion. Pre-lubricated catheters come coated in a gel-like lubricant. This eliminates the need for a separate lubricating jelly. Hydrophilic catheters are packaged with a packet of sterile saline or water. Before inserting the catheter, you will break the saline pack. This activates the coating and creates that creates a slippery catheter surface. We also offer “ready-to-use” hydrophilic catheters that do not need to be manually activated by the user. These tend to be less messy and are also great for people who have dexterity or strength issues, as it may be difficult to burst the saline packet. Visit our blog to see a comparison of pre-lubricated and hydrophilic catheters.

Intermittent catheters come in different lengths to suit different needs. Standard catheters are generally 14"-16" long. These full-length catheters can be used by men or women. The longer catheters are convenient for wheelchair users because the person does not have to get out of their wheelchair to cath. There are also short catheters available, known as female catheters. They range from 5”-8” in length. Because the female urethra is shorter than a male's, women have the option of using a female catheter. Some women find the short catheters to be more discreet in a purse or bag. It is also fine for women to use a long “male” catheter if they prefer. Keep in mind that men cannot use a female catheter because it would not be long enough to reach the bladder.

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