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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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Torbot - Medena Continent Ostomy Catheter (30 Fr)

  • French size: 30
  • Trim to desired length
  • Specifically designed for continent ileostomies
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SpeediCath Soft Hydrophilic Male Catheter

  • Flexible design
  • 13" straight catheter
  • Slick hydrophilic coating
  • Soft insertion grip
  • Easy-to-open packaging
  • Latex free
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Bard MAGIC3 GO - Male Hydrophilic Catheter

  • Silicone
  • Includes Sure-Grip insertion sleeve
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  • Three layer silicone technology
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Cure Medical - 16" Pocket Intermittent Catheter with Lubricant

  • Size: 14 FR
  • Straight tip, funnel end, 16" standard length
  • Not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • Includes a packet of sterile lubricant
  • U-Shaped packaging fits in your pocket
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Bard 16" Red Rubber Intermittent Catheter

  • Straight tip catheter
  • Two drainage eyelets
  • Funnel end for easy drainage
  • Contains latex rubber
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Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter

  • Easy to open and close with one hand
  • Will not leak when reclosed
  • Easy to grip and remove from case
  • Available in 10 - 14 FR
  • Sold by the each and the box of 30
  • Discreet case with a pearlescent finish with a satin sheen
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Cure Closed System Catheter

  • Straight tip, pre-lubricated catheter
  • 1500 ml collection bag
  • Smooth polished eyelets
  • Free of latex, BPA, and DEHP
  • Available in 14 Fr.
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BD 16" Intermittent Catheter

  • Available in 12FR, 14FR, 16FR
  • Sterile, single use only
  • Funnels are color coded by French size
  • Easy to open packaging
  • Heat-polished offset eyelets for easy drainage
  • Sold by the each and the box of 30
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BD Intermittent Coude 16" Catheter

  • 16" length with color coded funnel end
  • Coude catheter has a bent tip
  • Single use, sterile catheter
  • Heat-polished smooth eyelets
  • Not made with DEHP, BPA, or natural rubber latex
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BD Ready-To-Use 16” Hydrophilic Coude Catheter

  • 16" catheter
  • Hydrophilic coating for smooth insertion
  • Touch-free insertion aid
  • Angled coude tip
  • Free of latex, BPA, and DEHP
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BD Ready-To-Use 16” Straight Hydrophilic Catheter

  • Straight catheter
  • 16" in length
  • Pre-lubricated with PVP hydrophilic coating
  • Fire polished eyelets
  • Contains no latex, BPA, or DEHP
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BD Ready-To-Use 7.5" Hydrophilic Female Catheter

  • Shorter 7.5" length fits the female urethra
  • Hydrophilic PVP coating
  • Two polished eyelets
  • Integrated insertion aid
  • BPA, DEHP, latex, and phthalate free
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Dover Closed Urinary Catheterization Kit with Vinyl Catheter

  • Size - 14FR
  • Closed system catheter
  • Not made with natural rubber latex
  • Available by the each and the case of 20
  • Each kit has 1 underpad, 1 pair of blue nitrile gloves, 1 5 gram lubricating jelly packet, 1 specimen container, 1 1500 ml collection bag, 1 pack BZK swabsticks, 1 catheter
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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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