Urinary Catheters

Catheters are small rubber or plastic tubes that can be inserted through the urethra into the bladder. Catheters are an almost sure-fire way to empty the bladder. Both men and women can use catheters.

Foley Catheters
Clean-Intermittent Catheterization (CIC)
Using Catheters
Styles, Sizes and Materials
Where to Obtain Catheters

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy them?
Do women need special instructions?
How much do they cost?
How long does it take to empty my bladder with a catheter?
How will I know that the catheter has entered my bladder?
How do I clean and sterilize catheters?
What does it feel like after I have removed the catheter?
Where can I find out more?
How do I find a doctor who will prescribe catheters?
How can I convince my doctor to prescribe catheters and teach me how to use them?
How much practice does it take?
How often can I use catheters?
What about infections?
What can I do to relieve internal irritation?
Where can I learn more?
Will using a catheter be damaging to my recovery?