Choosing the Right Female Catheter for You
If you’re a woman who is new to self-catheterization (or Clean Intermittent Catheterization– CIC), it can seem overwhelming at first. However, with some time and practice, it will become second nature to you, and so will familiarizing yourself with the different kinds of catheters for females.
Female Intermittent Catheters
The Sizes of Female Catheters
It’s very important to discuss the different catheter sizes with your doctor so that they can help you find the best fit for you.
Using a size that is too small, it can get easily clogged and you won’t empty your bladder properly. To the contrary, using a size that is too large can make insertion difficult and might even be painful.
The catheter sizes are determined by the diameter and are based on the French gauge system, ranging from 3 French to 34 French.
The Lengths of Female Catheters
The standard length of a catheter for females is between 5 to 6 inches long. Women who are plus-sized or who remain in their wheelchairs to self-cath may need male-length catheters, which are typically 16 inches long.
Types of Catheters for Women
Straight Female Length Catheters
A straight catheter has a straight tip. It is an intermittent catheter that is removed immediately after one-time use . These can be used for emptying your bladder by sitting on a toilet seat, or by draining the catheter into a container.
Hydrophilic Female Length Catheters
A hydrophilic catheter has a polymer coating that binds to the surface of the catheter. When wet, the catheter coating becomes smooth and slippery, acting as a lubricant for optimal comfort while cathing. Some hydrophilic catheters come with their own sterile water packet, and some come pre-packaged in a sterile saline solution.
Whichever option you choose, many catheter consumers like the convenience of using pre-lubricated catheters.
Closed System Catheters for Females
A closed system catheter is pre-lubricated for intermittent use and comes attached to a disposable collection bag. It can be very useful for when you’re on-the-go and don’t have a toilet nearby.
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