What is an Intermittent Catheter? - VeraMed

What is an Intermittent Catheter?

A urinary catheter is a medical device designed to conveniently empty the bladder when a patient is unable to do so themselves. Intermittent catheters are used to manage bladder drainage in cases of urinary retention, bladder obstruction, and neurological disorders that cause paralysis or loss of sensation. 

With intermittent catheters, patients insert and remove the urinary catheter several times a day, eliminating the need to wear a continuously draining catheter. Leaving urine in your bladder for a long time can lead to a distended bladder or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Intermittent catheterization may help reduce these potential problems, giving you more freedom for a better quality of life.

And, because you can remove the urinary catheter when your bladder is emptied, it allows you to live a more comfortable, active lifestyle. These types of intermittent catheters may also improve urinary incontinence in some patients. Please call 1-866-904-4078 and speak with one of our knowledgeable Urinary Catheter Specialists today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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