How to avoid catheter problems for men... what you need to know about male catheter insertion:
What is a male catheter?
A male catheter is designed for men and is longer than for women. You have further to go through the penis to get into the bladder. They are approximately 16" which includes the ends.
Yes it does if you have never had one inserted. It is not the favorite use of the male penis that's for sure! Just the opposite of what you want!
So for many men the idea of it is best to avoid it. Who wants one??? The reality is that they can save your life and make living with a prostate problem much easier. A male catheter can also help you void when you can't and give you a chance to learn how to heal your prostate.
Prostate enlargement is the leading cause of needing to use a catheter for men. The prostate squeezes the urethra shut and you can't go, no matter how badly you want to!
The pain becomes terrible. You will end up in the emergency ward if you do not know about male catheter insertion.
It is possible to insert it yourself once you know how to avoid catheter problems.
How do you avoid catheter problems?
Please read my other pages on catheters to learn much more!
Catheter Prostate Kit
Here is a list of items to create the minimal Prostate Kit. You really won’t need the optional items, but I list them in case you can’t find the coude catheter: SpeediCaths. If you want other less expensive catheters, go here: Other Catheters
Minimum Prostate Kit:
For home use:
Tip: Add a SpeediCath Coudé Intermittent Touchless Catheter to your first aid kit.
If you are having troubles inserting then it may be best to go to your emergency at your hospital!
In case you can't here is what to try.
In the very rare case that a lubricated catheter is unable to pass through the prostate using all the above techniques, Use a higher gauge one: if a 12 did not work, then use a 14. If 14 did not work, use a 16.
This is contrary to what you think that a thinner one would be easier to succeed. The problem is that it is not strong enough to push through your enlarged prostate. A wider one will do the trick!
Or if you have tried a 14 or 16 gauge and they haven't worked then dropping down to a 12 or 10 may be successful.
Make sure the blue line is pointing upwards so the coude tip is up and you will be able to push a little firmer. Use some Xylocaine before inserting as described earlier.
SpeediCath Coudé Intermittent Touchless CatheterSpeediCath Coudé Intermittent Touchless Catheter
That's still a soft catheter.
Another option is a stiffer one:
But the size is the key when you have problems getting through. That is why it is wise to have a bigger size as a Plan B just in case.
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