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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]

Bard Magic 3 Go - 6" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

4350
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • No water or lubricant needed
  • Ergonomically designed area for a secure grip for easier insertion
From $1.77

ConvaTec GentleCath - 16" Hydrophilic Catheter Kit

4352
  • Sterile
  • Hydrophilic catheter with insertion kit
  • Insertion sleeve, no direct hand contact with catheter
  • Helps in the reduction of Urinary Tract Infections
From $30.40

Cure Ultra - 5" Pre-Lubricated Female Catheter

4378
  • Small, easy to use packaging
  • No DEHP, BPA, or latex
  • Pre lubricated
  • Straight tip with funnel end
  • Fire polished eyelets
From $0.90

Cure Pocket XL - 25" Straight Catheter with Lubricant

4379
  • 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
From $0.68

Cure Ultra - 16" Pre Lubricated Straight Catheter

4466
  • 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
From $1.07

Cure Ultra - 16" Pre-Lubricated Coude Catheter

4512
  • Sterile
  • Length: 16"
  • "No roll" connector
  • Smooth eyelet design
  • Funnel end with easy grip sleeve
From $1.41

SpeediCath - 13" Flex Coude Pro Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

4513
  • Sterile and latex free
  • Protective plastic sleeve
  • French sizes: 12, 14, and 16
  • Pocket style available in 12 and 14 Fr.
  • Available in pocket size packaging
From $4.52

SpeediCath - Compact Plus Hydrophilic Female Catheter

4520
  • Hydrophilic catheter
  • Free of latex, PVC, and phthalates
  • 2 cm longer than traditional Speedicath Compact
From $1.81

Hollister Onli - 16" Hydrophilic Straight Catheter

4521
  • Sterile
  • Straight tip
  • Simple to use
  • Easy open package
  • Pre-hydrated catheter
From $1.88

Bard Touchless Plus - Closed System Catheter Kit

1272
  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Helps reduce urinary tract infections
  • Available with or without accessories
From $3.78

Coloplast Self-Cath - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter

1904
  • Self-Cath straight tip urethral catheter
  • A closed catheter kit designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections
  • Easy to use Coloplast catheter with guide
From $3.64

Coloplast Self-Cath - Straight Tip Closed System Catheter Kit

3469
  • Kit includes: BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and PVI swabsticks
  • Designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • 1100 ml urine collection bag
  • Latex free medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
From $4.08

Cure - Closed System Catheter Kit

3901
  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter in either 12 Fr, 14 Fr, or 16 Fr
  • Kit includes: PVI swabs, BZK wipes, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • DEHP free
  • Latex free
From $3.27

Covidien Dover - 6.5" Female Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Latex free vinyl
  • Two drainage eyelets
From $0.73

Rusch - Red Rubber Closed System Catheter

  • 16" sterile catheter
  • Pre-lubricated with smooth polished eyelets
  • Capped introducer tip extends sterile field
  • Contains natural rubber latex
From $4.09

Rusch - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile catheter
  • Reduces the risk of UTIs
  • Coude tip
  • 16" pre-lubricated catheter with 1500 ml collection bag
From $369.55

Rusch - Soft PVC Closed System Catheter

  • Sterile pre-lubricated soft PVC catheter
  • Introducer tip helps stop UTIs
  • Available in 14 Fr
  • Includes catheter and collection bag
From $4.07

Rusch FloCath Quick - 8" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Drainage bag, skin prep, underpad, and gloves included
  • Travel-friendly catheter kit
  • Latex free
  • Sterile
From $178.07

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter

  • Coude tapered tip with guide strip
  • Pre-lubricated
  • Designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • 1100 ml urine collection bag
  • Latex free medical grade PVC
  • Smooth polished eyelets
From $3.64

Coloplast Self-Cath - Coude Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 14FR, sold in boxes of 50
  • Coude Tip, closed sterile system
  • Lubricated PVC catheter
  • Latex free
  • Included accessories: glove, povidone-iodine swabsticks, BZK wipe, underpad
From $194.07

Cure - 6" Female Catheter

  • Straight, round tip
  • Polished eyelets
  • Latex, BPA, and DEHP free
From $0.60

GentleCath Glide - 16" Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

  • Gripper sleeve for sanitation
  • Funnel-shaped end
  • Water sachet included
  • Sterile
From $2.12

Medline - 6" Female Catheter

  • Color coded funnel
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Intermittent catheter
  • Sterile
From $26.90

Rusch MMG - Soft Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" pre-lubricated intermittent catheter
  • Convenient urinary catheterization kit, reduces UTIs
  • Kit includes BZK towelette, gloves, underpad, and gauze
  • Sterile
From $384.04

Rusch MMG - Coude Catheter Closed System Catheter Kit

  • 16" coude catheter, pre-lubricated
  • Urinary catheter kit
  • Includes: sterile gloves, BZK antiseptic towelette, underpad, and gauze
  • This is a sterile kit
From $4.09
Description

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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