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.
Soap and warm water, or a moist towelette
Water-soluble lubricating jelly (not petroleum jelly)
Toilet or basin
Gather all equipment needed.
Arrange clothing so it is out of the way.
Wash your hands and your genitals. Use warm, soapy water or a moist towelette. Always wash from front to back.
Lubricate 2 inches to 4 inches of the catheter tip. Place the other end in the toilet or basin.
Spread the labia. Find the urethra with a mirror, or with your index finger.
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.
When the urine starts flowing, gently advance an additional one-half to one inch.
When the urine stops flowing, slowly remove 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.