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Self-Catheterization for Men

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

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.

Lubricating

1. Lubricate the Catheter

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

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

Inserting

2. Insert the Catheter

  • Grasp the tip of your penis. Hold it up and out at a 45° angle to your stomach.

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

Urinating

3. Empty Urine

  • When the urine starts flowing, stop inserting. Lower the angle of your penis.

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

4. 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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