Anatomy and positioning
To be frank, for a woman it’s not that easy to see where to enter the catheter, and you probably need a little bit more support during the start period. Body shape and sitting balance may often require the assistance of a carer, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
For many women, just the thought of going out without knowing if you will find an accessible bathroom, is enough to stay home. Some women even drink less, to limit their visits to the toilet (don’t do that). Public toilets aren't always the most hygienic of places, and there may be anxiety over how to discreetly dispose of the catheter.
Yet another chore to fit in
For some it seems messy and time-consuming and yet another thing to consider in the “life puzzle”, hindering social life and relationships, which are essential to emotional well being. Many women have doubts about whether catheterization is compatible with a busy life style, entering society and work.
Fear of concept
Many women experience feelings of shame, loss of dignity and low self-esteem when they can’t urinate the normal way. Some think CIC seems invasive and painful, takes their femininity away and is associated with the elderly.
These fears are perfectly normal, but not always addressed by your healthcare professionals. If you recognize yourself in the above, please take the opportunity to discuss it on your next doctor’s appointment.
Women and LUTS
LUTS is short for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, and includes symptoms like frequency, urgency, poor stream and dribbling. Here's what women need to know.
Dignity and Freedom
What does dignity really mean? And how does this relate to a woman who uses intermittent catheterization? We asked a group of nurses to discuss this topic.
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