Getting Started with IC

A good start is the key to success

Since each person is unique, there is more than one way to learn and perform IC. Some may experience a feeling of unease and anxiety when they are about to get started. Thankfully, most people get past that feeling once they've tried it a few times and realize it doesn't hurt.

Finding a Routine That’s Best For You

If you have been told you need to do intermittent self-catheterization, it is most probably because your bladder either doesn't empty completely or not at all. Whatever the cause is, finding a good routine will help you in your daily life and make catheterization successful.

If you have been hospitalized for some time, it is not always necessary for you to continue to follow the catheterization routines from the hospital. But if you want to create your own routines, always check with your healthcare provider.

How often you need to catheterize varies due to indication, size of the bladder, and intake of fluid. Your healthcare provider has probably given you some advice. However, it is important that you try and learn to listen to your body and make sure that you don't leave it too long in-between catheterizations. Your bladder should not be too full. It is better to empty the bladder too many times than the opposite.

Be sure to follow the instructions you have received for preparing and performing catheterization. Also, take the time to study the instructions for the catheter. At the end of the catheterization, always make sure your bladder is completely empty, by withdrawing the catheter very slowly after you have finished.

If you have difficulties catheterizing, there are accessories that are made to simplify and support the procedure. Ask your healthcare provider what is available.