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5 Tips for Pain-Free Foley Catheter Insertion

5 Tips for Pain-Free Foley Catheter Insertion
Shweta Chaubey

Do catheters hurt? No, inserting a catheter should not hurt, ideally, but if you are experiencing catheter pain while self-cathing, you can follow certain tips for foley catheter insertion to reduce pain and discomfort.

5 Foley Catheter Insertion Tips

Let's address the elephant in the room and discuss some self-catheterization problems and tips that may help.

Right Catheter Type

Many types of catheters are available in the market, and it can be overwhelming to make the decision. Taking your doctor's opinions and learning about your needs can help you choose the right foley catheter.

1. Use Catheters with Smooth Eyelets

Smooth and polished eyelets help in smooth foley catheter insertion. These ready-to-use catheters with a simple design like the SpeediCath Catheters are most effective for everyday cathing. They offer protection from skin irritation caused due to catheter pain or friction during insertion.

The Coloplast SpeediCath catheter is designed for optimal comfort and to minimize the chances of urethral damage. The unique polished eyelets ensure smooth catheterization while inserting or withdrawing.

The SpeediCath Straight Tip Catheter is both quick and easy to use. The ring-pull feature offers an easy opening, and the adhesive dot ensures that the catheter stays where it is placed.

Drainage eyelets are small holes near the insertion tip of the urinary catheter. From these holes, urine drains into the catheter tube. Which further drains out of the funnel into a receptacle, i.e., a urinal or a bedpan, or a drainage bag. These drainage eyelets help avoid instances of urine leaking around catheter.

Health Products For You carries a range of intermittent catheters with polished eyelets with a smooth insertion tip for maximum comfort and reduced urethral trauma.


2. Use Lubrication for Uncoated Catheters

Uncoated catheters are non-hydrophilic catheters that require separate or external gel for lubrication. When using an uncoated straight tip catheter, it's important to lubricate the catheter. Lubrication is quintessential for the safe foley catheter insertion if using an uncoated red rubber latex catheter.

Apparently, catheter lubrication helps reduce friction and discomfort during the foley catheter insertion and withdrawal. Many uncoated catheters come with a lubricant packaged with the catheter.

Catheter users use water-based catheter lubricants such as McKesson Lubricating Jelly, a clear, greaseless lubricant. This lubricating jelly is formulated to spread evenly and is ideal for lubricating rubber materials, synthetic surfaces, and surgical instruments.


3. Use Coated Catheters

Coated catheters are called hydrophilic catheters, designed to improve foley catheter insertion and reduce trauma. The hydrophilic coating on these intermittent catheters supports the ability of intermittent disposable catheters to prevent some of the most common catheter-associated complications, such as urethral trauma, CAUTIs, and Urinary Tract Infections

Hydrophilic Coated Male Intermittent Catheter, constructed with high-quality materials and comes with a straight tip, is 16" long. Hydrophilic coating provides quick lubrication, and a textured advancer/gripper allows for clean, easy foley catheter insertion. Hydrophilic Coated Catheter includes a purified water packet for easy, mess-free/stain-free hydration.  The cure Catheter is a sterile, single-use catheter that is not made with DEHP, BPA, or natural rubber latex.


4. Use a coudé tip catheter

Coude Tip Catheters have a curved insertion tip used when straight tip catheters do not work. For instance, in medical conditions such as urethral strictures or an enlarged prostate, it becomes difficult for a straight tip catheter to bypass and navigate around to reach the bladder.

The coude catheters maneuver around obstructions or blockages in the urethra due to their design. Coude tip catheters are bent slightly at the insertion tip, which helps them move past a blockage.

Cure Catheter With Coude Tip is a sterile, single-use DEHP, BPA, and latex-free catheter. Cure Catheter is made with non-carcinogenic materials for safety. The Cure Catheter 16" Male Coude Tip Catheter, made with non-carcinogenic material, has 100 percent fire polished eyelets and funnel end for men.


5. Use of Advanced Non-Latex Catheter

Statistically speaking, less than 1% of people in the United States have a latex allergy which is more common in people with conditions like spina bifida. Non-latex catheters prevent the catheter users from dealing with the skin irritation caused due to a latex catheter. Many manufacturers offer more efficient, comfortable, and discreet urinary catheters that help reduce urethral pain.

Silicone catheters such as Amsino AMSure Silicone Coated 2-Way Foley Catheter are ideal for patients with latex allergies and long-term catheterization. Silicon offers chemical and thermal stability, low surface tension, and hydrophobicity.

The Foley catheters are 16 inches long. One hundred percent silicone material in this catheter has non-adherent features and reduces encrustation and calcifications.

First-time catheter users may feel discomfort until the body adjusts to the arrangement. However, if the catheter pain continues or bleeding is accorded, consider taking the doctor's advice and always remember not to force a catheter because what works for one person may not work for another.


Where can I buy Foley Catheter and other Catheter Supplies?

HPFY has been online since 2022 to cater to all your urological supplies. We are one of the leading providers of intermittent catheter supplies, including uncoated and coated catheters, catheter lubricants, latex catheters, and more to suit your needs and make foley catheter insertion easier and painless. 


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Shweta Chaubey, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. An advocate-turned-writer, her desire to create meaningful and positive content has brought her to HPFY and what better than writing ...

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