For women who experience issues with bladder control, urinary incontinence, or other similar medical conditions, your doctor may recommend female intermittent catheters as part of your treatment plan. With such a tremendous amount of information available, it may be difficult to figure out exactly where to start with purchasing the right female catheter to meet your individual needs.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed is completely normal. However, Medical Supply Depot has the right information and top quality catheter supplies to make it simple for you to make an informed decision.
The below self-help guide was designed to help women understand the three main types of intermittent urinary catheters available on the market. Use this information to help you get started with confidence!
Female Intermittent Catheters
Intermittent Catheters are small tubes that are inserted through a urethra or stoma to help urine drain from the bladder. These are single-use devices typically made from vinyl, PVC, silicone, or red rubber latex material.
Female Intermittent Catheter Lengths
Female catheters are usually around 6 inches long. However, there are smaller pocket catheter options available as well.
Types of Female Catheters
For women and girls in need of intermittent catheters, there are three main options available:
Straight Length Catheters for Women
Female straight intermittent catheters are uncoated and require that the user manually lubricate the catheter before insertion. These catheters come in easy-to-open packets that include a lubricating jelly. Straight female catheters can be easily concealed in your pocket or purse. They are also much lighter than catheters with insertion supplies, making them easy to carry around.
Hydrophilic female length catheters are similar to straight catheters in many ways. The key difference is that hydrophilic catheters on only need water to activate. The water causes the hydrophilic catheter to become slippery and smooth, acting in place of traditional jelly lubricants.
Depending on the brand, some hydrophilic catheters include a packet of sterile water. Others are pre-packaged in their own sterile saline solution. Most manufacturers include a handy guiding sleeve to let you insert the catheter without touching the tube, which helps reduce the risk of contamination.
Closed System Catheters
Female closed system catheters are a convenient option for women since they are an all-in-one package. The sterile catheter comes pre-lubricated and connects to a self-contained collection bag, so there is no need to carry additional lubricant.
Many brands include the necessary insertion supplies like gloves and antiseptic wipes. They will also likely include a pre-lubricated introducer tip to help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.
Medical Supply Depot carries all major brands and types of catheters for women. You can feel confident that you’ll get the right information so you can get the right supplies you need.