Many women struggle for years to find a solution to their bladder problems, without success. One method that is sometimes overlooked, or even avoided, is intermittent catheterisation (ISC). ISC might be a good solution to many of these problems but being a female seems to post a barrier to this therapy.women sometimes feel a bit resistant to ISC.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Anatomy and positioning
To be frank, for a woman it’s not that easy to see where to enter the catheter so it is important that they receive extra support at the start.
Some women avoid going out if they don’t know where to find an accessible bathroom. Some even drink less to avoid visits to the toilet.
Yet another piece to fit in
For some it seems messy and time-consuming, and can be seen to have an effect on relationships and social activities.
Fear of concept
Some feel ashamed when they can’t go to the toilet the normal way. Some imagine ISC as something invasive or even painful that diminishes their femininity, or see it as yet another onerous task to add to the pile.
These fears are perfectly normal, but not always addressed by healthcare professionals. If you have any of the concerns above, please take the opportunity to discuss them at your next doctor’s appointment.
How to overcome barriers
It is definitely possible to overcome the obstacles. Your dedication will determine whether the therapy is successful or not. A good start is crucial and the choice of catheter equally so. The catheter needs to both fit your needs and lifestyle.
Give it a chance and see how it can help you
Choose your catheter carefully evaluating the different options. It is very important that you find a catheter that fits your needs and lifestyle.
A good start is crucial in succeeding with intermittent catheterisation. Demand good support from your healthcare provider and expect the most out of your catheter.