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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 empty it. Once the bladder is drained, the catheter should then be removed and thrown away. Intermittent catheters are used by people with urinary incontinence and retention.


Types of Intermittent Catheters

The style of the tip is another thing to consider for intermittent self-catheterization. It can be the difference between a painful or pain-free experience.

Catheter Tips

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. These are one of the most popular male intermittent catheters because they are significantly easier to use than 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 a 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 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.

Catheter Materials

Intermittent catheters can be made from vinyl, silicone, or latex.
Vinyl catheters also referred to as PVC, are the firmest 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.

Eyelets

Straight urethral catheters have 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.

Lengths

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.

Female Intermittent Catheters

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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Picture of Cure - 16" Coude Catheter

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
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
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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)
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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)
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Picture of Cure - 16" Intermittent Pocket Catheter

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
  • Each, box of 30, case of 10 boxes (300)
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Cure - 16" Straight Catheter

Cure - 16" Straight Catheter Benefits:

  • 16" intermittent sterile catheter
  • Smooth, fire polished eyelets help enable comfortable use
  • Unique, dual openings for increased ease of use
  • High quality materials not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA or natural rubber latex
  • Offered as a box of 30 and a case of 300 units
  • Available in 12-18” FR
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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)
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Cure - Catheter Insertion Kit

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • DEHP free
  • Includes: Ambidextrous gloves, BZK wipes, collection bag, underpad, and lubricating jelly packet
  • Each, case of 100
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Cure Pocket XL - 25" Straight Catheter with Lubricant

  • Latex free
  • French size: 14
  • DEHP and BPA Free
  • Length: 25" (extra long)
  • Curved packaging with lubricating jelly
  • 10% of Cure Medical's net income goes to medical research
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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
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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)
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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)
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GentleCath - 6.5" Female Catheter

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

GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve
  • Funnel shaped end
  • Hydrophilic coating
  • Sterile catheter
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Hollister Advance Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Closed catheter system kit in 12 Fr and 14 Fr
  • Introducer tip protects catheter from bacteria
  • Helps reduce UTIs
  • Each, case of 100
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Hollister Apogee Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
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  • Firm catheter
  • Introducer tip
  • Helps reduce UTIs
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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
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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
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Hollister VaPro Plus - 8" Closed System Catheter

  • Straight tip
  • No latex, PVC, or phthalates
  • Hydrophilic female catheter
  • Protective sleeve and covered tip
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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.
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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LoFric Primo - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

  • Easy insertion and removal
  • Sterile water pack
  • Folds into pocket or purse
  • Latex free
  • PVC free
  • Each, box of 30, case of 4 boxes (120)
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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 empty it. Once the bladder is drained, the catheter should then be removed and thrown away. Intermittent catheters are used by people with urinary incontinence and retention.


Types of Intermittent Catheters

The style of the tip is another thing to consider for intermittent self-catheterization. It can be the difference between a painful or pain-free experience.

Catheter Tips

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. These are one of the most popular male intermittent catheters because they are significantly easier to use than 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 a 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 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.

Catheter Materials

Intermittent catheters can be made from vinyl, silicone, or latex.
Vinyl catheters also referred to as PVC, are the firmest 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.

Eyelets

Straight urethral catheters have 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.

Lengths

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.

Female Intermittent Catheters

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.

Order Intermittent Catheter Kits and Supplies Online

Purchase intermittent catheters and supplies online with no prescription. Easily place your order to receive your products as early as the next day. Shop our large collection of urological healthcare products now!

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