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Self-Catheterization for Men

Self-catheterization helps you empty your bladder if it doesn’t empty by itself. It also helps if your bladder doesn’t empty all the way. Follow the steps below.

This is what you’ll need

  • Soap and warm water, or a moist towelette

  • Clean catheter

  • Water-soluble lubricating jelly (not petroleum jelly)

  • Toilet or basin

Step 1. Preparation

  • Gather all equipment needed.

  • Arrange clothing so it is out of the way.

  • Wash your hands and your penis. Use warm soapy water or a moist towelette.


Step 2. Lubricate the catheter

  • Lubricate 2 inches to 4 inches of the catheter tip. Place the other end in the toilet or basin.

Step 3. Insert the catheter

  • Grasp the tip of your penis. Hold it horizontally from your body.

  • Slowly insert the catheter into your urethra. If it doesn’t go in, take a deep breath and bear down as if trying to urinate. If you feel a sharp pain, remove the catheter and try again.


Step 4. Empty urine

  • When the urine starts flowing, advance an additional inch. Lower the angle of your penis.

  • When the urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter.

Step 5. Wash the catheter

  • Wash the catheter in mild soap and water.

  • Rinse it well. Run water through it. Then let it air-dry.

  • Wash your hands. If you use a basin, wash it out.


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