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IC for women

Many women struggle for years to find a solution to their bladder problems, without success. One method that is sometimes overlooked, or even avoided, is intermittent catheterization (CIC). CIC might be a good solution to many of these problems but women sometimes feel a bit resistant to CIC. With that said – when you have overcome the barriers, it’s likely that you have found the solution to your bladder problems.

Does any of this sound familiar? 

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.

Inaccessible bathrooms

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.

Choose your catheter carefully

  • Give it an honest chance - Your dedication will ensure the outcome!
  • Evaluate different options - It’s very important to find a catheter that offers ergonomic control, is hygienic and provides discreet storage and disposal
  • Select a catheter that fits supports your lifestyle and needs - not the other way round
  • And finally - A good start - it is crucial to succeeding with intermittent catheterization. Demand attentive support from your healthcare provider and expect the most from your catheter.