Everybody empties the bladder in one way or another. It is a part of everybody’s life. Self-catheterisation or Intermittent Self-Catheterisation (ISC) is the next best way to urinate, the way that mostly mimics the natural way of urinating.
If you have been told you need to do intermittent self-catheterisation, it is most surely because your bladder does not empty completely, or not at all. Whatever your cause is, finding a good routine will help you in your daily life and make catheterisation successful.
If you have been hospitalised for a period of time, it is not always necessary for you to follow the catheterisation routines from the hospital. But if you want to create your own routines, always confirm with your healthcare provider.
How often you need to catheterise varies due to indication, size of the bladder and intake of fluid. Your healthcare provider has probably given recommendations. However it is important that you try and learn to listen to your body and make sure that you don't wait too long in-between the catheterisations. Your bladder should not be too full. It is better to empty the bladder one too many times than one too seldom.
Be sure to follow the instructions you have received for preparing and performing the catheterisation. Also, take the time to study the instructions for the catheter. At the end of the catheterisation, always make sure your bladder is completely empty. This you ensure by withdrawing the catheter very slow after you are finished.
If you experience difficulties catheterising, there are supporting accessories available to help simplify the procedure, including mirrors and hand-grips. You can also view the “Tips & Tricks” videos on this website which could soon have you catheterising like a seasoned professional.