Step-by-step guide to intermittent self-catheterisation

On our website you will find step-by-step guides to self-catheterisation for both men and women – from preparation to the individual steps involved. These guides are designed to give you the confidence to start intermittent self-catheterisation by providing you with essential information to help you self-catheterise safely and competently.

Step-by-step guide to intermittent self-catheterisation

About intermittent self-catheterisation

Intermittent self-catheterisation is a method of draining the bladder regularly using a disposable catheter. It’s a gentle and safe method of emptying the bladder that can help improve the quality of life for many people with voiding dysfunction.

A distinction is made between (intermittent) catheterisation assisted by others, such as parents, relatives or carers, and self-administered catheterisation, which is performed by the user.

Intermittent catheterisation is usually required four to six times a day, depending on fluid intake.

Advantages of intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC)

ISC is usually the preferred catheterisation technique, if possible, because it offers more freedom and comfort than catheterisation performed by someone else.

Intermittent self-catheterisation empties the bladder completely and gives you back control. It reduces the risk of urinary tract infections and secondary complications, and protects kidney and bladder function.

Most importantly, there are no irreversible changes associated with intermittent self-catheterisation. If the situation changes, the procedure can be stopped at any time without causing harm.

Guides to self-catheterisation

Step-by-step guide for women
Please follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to aseptic intermittent self-catheterisation for women.

Step-by-step guide for men
Please follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to aseptic intermittent self-catheterisation for men.

The information provided here is not a substitute for consulting a doctor and reading the instructions for use carefully. Your healthcare professional can also advise you on the use of intermittent catheters.

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