How to insert a male urinary catheter?

Inserting a male urinary catheter can be a delicate and uncomfortable process, but there are some tips that may help make it easier:

  • Use a lubricant: It’s important to use a water-soluble lubricant to make the catheterization process easier and reduce discomfort for the patient. The lubricant should be applied to the tip and shaft of the catheter.
  • Relax: The patient should be encouraged to relax their pelvic muscles, take slow deep breaths, and try to remain as calm as possible during the catheterization process.
  • Choose the right size catheter: The size of the catheter should be chosen based on the patient’s urethral size. A healthcare provider can help determine the appropriate size for the patient.
  • Clean the genital area: Before inserting the catheter, the patient should clean the genital area with soap and water or a cleansing wipe.
  • Position the patient: The patient should be positioned in a way that makes it easier to access the urethra, such as lying down or sitting with their legs spread apart.
  • Insert the catheter slowly: The catheter should be inserted slowly and gently, following the natural curve of the urethra. If resistance is encountered, the catheter should not be forced.
  • Advance the catheter until urine flows: Once the catheter has reached the bladder, urine should begin to flow through the catheter. If urine does not begin to flow, the catheter may be kinked or not in the correct position.

It’s important to note that catheterization should only be done by a trained healthcare provider or under their guidance. Improper catheterization technique can lead to complications such as infection or damage to the urethra or bladder.