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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]
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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
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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
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GentleCath - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Insertion sleeve
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  • Hydrophilic coating
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ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Coude Catheter

  • French size: 12, 14, 16, and 18
  • Uncoated PVC plastic with smooth rounded eyelets makes insertion process easier
  • Coude tip catheter with tapered funnel end
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GentleCath - 6.5" Female Catheter

  • Latex free catheter
  • Round polished eyelets
  • Straight tip intermittent catheter with funnel end
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ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Intermittent Catheter

  • French size: 12, 14, and 16
  • Intermittent catheter with tapered funnel end
  • PVC catheter with smooth polished eyelets
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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
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LoFric - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Soft, flexible design
  • Hydrophilic coating eliminates friction
  • Does not contain latex, PVC, or phthalates
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Hollister Apogee Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Firm catheter
  • Introducer tip
  • Helps reduce UTIs
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Hollister Advance Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

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  • Closed catheter system kit in 12 Fr and 14 Fr
  • Introducer tip protects catheter from bacteria
  • Helps reduce UTIs
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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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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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Rusch Rob Nel - 16" Red Rubber Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Contains natural rubber latex
  • Straight packaged male catheter
  • Smooth rounded tip and funnel end
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bard Magic 3 - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Sterile
  • Latex and PVC free
  • Sterile water packet included
  • Secure grip area for easy handling
From $1.72

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

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Hydrophilic coating activates with water
  • Uncoated Gripzone area for easier handling
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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
From $1.74

ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Catheter Kit

  • Sterile
  • Hydrophilic catheter with insertion kit
  • Insertion sleeve, no direct hand contact with catheter
  • Helps in the reduction of Urinary Tract Infections
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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
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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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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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