Some men have medical problems that keep the bladder work working the way it should. A catheter is used to drain urine out of the body. Doing this yourself when you need to will make you more independent.
Q. What are the advantages of putting in the catheter myself rather than having it in all the time?
A. It lowers the chance of a bladder infection. It also gives you more freedom because you use the catheter for a few minutes a day. A bladder with a catheter drains urine all the time. This causes it to shrink, leaving less room to store urine.
Q. How often can I use the catheter before throwing it away?
A. Catheters can be used for many weeks. Soak it in a solution of one part vinegar to 3 parts of tap water. This will keep urine crystals from forming inside of it.
Contact your doctor if at any time you:
Possible mishaps to watch out for:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Urology Care Foundation
Public Health Agency of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN Last Updated: 4/30/2019