Lubricating jelly is designed to reduce friction by creating a slick surface. It is widely used in the medical field for examinations, catheter insertion, and surgical procedures. Medical grade lubricant is water-soluble and greaseless. The consistency or thickness can vary from brand to brand, so it is a good idea to try different formulas and find one to suit your preferences. Express Medical Supply carries lubricating jelly in tubes and individually wrapped packets.
Using medical lubricant is especially important during catheter use. Applying lubricating jelly helps an intermittent catheter glide into the body easily. This product also dilates the urethra and reduces the amount of pressure you have to apply during insertion. This lowers the risk of damaging mucous membranes and sensitive tissue. It also reduces discomfort and pain for the catheter user.
Lubricant gel is also ideal for someone using an indwelling catheter. When using lube for catheterization, is a good idea to purchase individual packets because they are sterile. This helps prevent problems such as urinary tract infections. When you are ready to cath, simply apply a small amount of lubricting jelly to the tip of the catheter and the first few inches of the catheter. You can also apply it to the head of the penis or vaginal area prior to insertion.
Surgical lubricant can also be helpful when inserting suppositories, such as a Magic Bullet suppository. Lube can be applied to the tip of the suppository and to the rectal area before insertion. Other lubricants that are not water based, such as petroluem jelly, should not be used to lubricate the area prior to using a suppository. This can cause the bisacodyl suppository to dissolve, which makes it ineffective.