Probably you suffer from an illness or injury that affects your ability to empty your bladder. Clean Intermittent Self-Catheterisation (ISC) is the second best way to pee since it mimics the natural way of urinating.
What catheter size should I use?
Your doctor or healthcare provider will make sure you get the right size.
Where do I get catheters?
Catheters are medical devices and require a prescription from your healthcare professional. You can either arrange to collect these from your local chemist or take advantage of a home delivery service, such as Select Home Delivery, and have them discreetly delivered to your home or place of work.
You can also order samples of LoFric® catheters on this website.
Is it possible to reuse intermittent catheters?
No, sterile intermittent catheters like LoFric and other comparable product brands, are for single use only. After use they are contaminated with bacteria and if used again the risk for Urinary Tract Infections increases.
Does it hurt to use catheters?
It should not hurt, although there might be a feeling of unease in the beginning. This will go away when you have practiced Clean Intermittent Self-Catheterisation (ISC) for a while.
Choose a catheter with hydrophilic coating for maximum comfort and minimum harm to the urethra during catheterisation. The catheter should have a hydrophilic coating that stays slippery both at insertion and at withdrawal of the catheter, to protect the urethra and give the most comfort.
Is it complicated to use catheters?
You might experience ISC as a little bit tricky in the beginning, but as soon as you have tried it a few times, it will become a natural thing in your life. Many users describe it as just another thing to add to your daily routines, like brushing your teeth. There are a lot of tips and tricks for easier handling, insertion and removal.
Is catheterisation time consuming?
This perception usually arises during the initial teaching. However, with practice and increasing confidence, the time spent can be greatly reduced and the experienced user may not need much more time than it takes to urinate naturally.
Catheterisation is undertaken roughly at the same intervals as you would normally go to the toilet, about 4-6 times a day.
Can I travel?
Many catheter users fear long journeys, especially flights, where you will need to empty your bladder at some point, and the space is limited both in the cabin and in the bathroom.
Discuss your catheter strategy with your doctor before you travel—there are ways to handle the flight. One way is to attach a urinary bag to the catheter and use a blanket to cover your lap. There are good kit products for this purpose. The urine will be collected in a plastic bag, and can be taken away by your traveling companion or flight attendant.
Also make sure to bring as many catheters as you will need during the trip, since it can be tricky to get hold of new ones if you are abroad. Make sure you have enough catheters in your hand luggage to last you a while if your bag is lost or delayed. Read more about travelling with catheters.