Intermittent Catheterization: Knowing The Basics

Millions of Americans live with neurogenic bladders and have issues controlling their bladder, according to the Urology Care Foundation. Many, adults and children alike, use intermittent catheterization to help manage their conditions and maintain their lifestyles.

What is intermittent catheterization? It is the technique of inserting a tube-like tool into the urethra to empty the bladder at regular intervals. Those intervals can vary from several times a day to once a week, depending on the amount of fluid intake, the amount of urine in the bladder, and how much urine typically is being passed.

Individuals can catheterize themselves, and can be taught the process in a hospital, a medical clinic or at home with the assistance of a healthcare professional. Women might need a mirror during the initial period of self-catheterization, to make the process of self-catherization easier. Children may want to be assisted by a caregiver.

A Hollister resource page, Intermittent Catheterization: What It Is and Other Basics, offers insights into using intermittent catherization to manage neurogenic bladder symptoms. Start with the basics here!

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