Male catheter insertion requires a precise series of steps to be done by yourself so as to avoid pain if done properly.
Proper techniques will help you experience inserting the catheter successfully even with an enlarged prostate. By following my steps you will succeed and you will feel discomfort but not awful pain.
I have done it many times and have learned many simple tricks to ensure your success. Male catheter insertion, also known as urinary catheter insertion for men, is becoming much more common today than 50 years ago.
Please read up on the causes of prostate problems so you can learn how to avoid this crisis in the future!
Learning about catheters is an important first step so you can choose the best one to use. And even without the best ones, you will still succeed, saving you time and hassle from going to a hospital if you hae a sudden prostate attack that shuts you down.
This is called acute urinary retention where not a drop makes it out even though you have to go something fierce!
On other pages, I describe what can cause this severe reaction so you can learn to avoid this prostate problem in the future.
But I want to make something clear to you, dear reader. I am not a doctor and cannot take responsibility for your decision to do self catheterization, the term used to describe the do-it-yourself process of doing your own male catheter insertion.
While many men do their own urinary male catheter insertion, it is a decision you should take in consultation with your medical professional. And if this is an emergency situation where you cannot get to a doctor then you will find my steps invaluable.
You see, I know, because I had to do it many times and a very enlarged prostate makes it more difficult to get it through the last bit of the prostatic urethra — which is through the inside of your prostate. The penis is no problem if you have the right tools.
Hey guys, you know all about the right tools for the job. The same applies here. Get the tools right and with some good technique, you will be able to do this.
You may be scared, and if you are reading this while in pain, then know that you will be OK very soon.
The relief you will feel shortly will be as big as the pain you are feeling now if you cannot urinate. So hang tight!
If you have the catheter on hand then relax as I guide you through how to do it.
Here is how to do male catheter insertion...
Lie down with your prostate kit that has a simpler non-lubricated catheter. You will need to be more careful with sterility because more handling is involved. Be meticulous to avoid infection. In all my many uses of self catheterization, I have never had a urinary tract infection problem because I was always careful to keep everything sterile.
This is how to insert a male catheter using a non-lubricated catheter:
During the day after you've done male catheter insertion, you may
feel more of a burning sensation as you pee due to irritation. It
will pass in a day or so. That’s why I love the SpeediCaths because
the lubrication on the whole tube is much gentler on you and is
superior to the tubes of lubricants—it is hyper slippery. It makes male catheter insertion so much easier!
Note: It is possible over the next while (days to weeks) to pass some blood and blood-colored urine or even clots of blood from possible trauma of using the catheter or debris from the prostate. This condition will pass and is not cause for alarm unless you get steady amounts of fresh blood, which is a serious concern. Then seek medical help. Steady amounts of fresh blood should not result from regular use of a catheter.
Note: Some lubricated catheters require the addition of a tablespoon or 2 of water to actually lube them at the time you use them.
If you bought ones like that and they are dry when you open the package, then just add the water to the pack and wait a minute for it to do its job.
There are many advantages of using lubricated catheters for male catheter insertion. You wouldn't think of using an non-lubricated condom. So if you have a choice always go with lubrication. I explained above how to use a regular non-lubed one in case that is all you have available. But be prepared and buy lubricated catheters here.
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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