There are different sorts of issues and complications that can arise when you use a urinary catheter.
We go through some of the more common problems that may occur and suggest some helpful tips for things that you can do to combat or even prevent them.
If your catheter becomes blocked you should:
- Empty the drainage bag, so you can better see if it begins to drain
- Lift the drainage bag above the level of the bladder then lower it again, which can release any suction of the bladder wall.
If the above does not resolve the issue, contact your GP or healthcare professional.
How should catheter equipment be stored?
Store flat in the original packaging in a dry place or in accordance with manufacturer’s guide lines.
Can I work and exercise as normal with a catheter?
You can return to work, exercise or go on holiday as soon as your doctor or nurse advises.
Sexual activity with a catheter:
You can leave the catheter in place. If your catheter is going to be permanent you may wish to discuss with your healthcare professional the possibility of a suprapubic catheter.
You can leave the catheter in place, but once you have an erection, fold it under your penis and apply a condom over your penis and the catheter.
Always wash around your catheter with mild soap and water after having intercourse. If your catheter is going to be permanent you may wish to discuss with your healthcare professional the possibility of a suprapubic catheter.
Travel advice with a catheter
If travelling abroad check with your airline before travelling for advice on carrying medical products. Split products between your hand and hold luggage, some airlines will allow extra baggage allowance – check with them if you are eligible.
The key is to plan ahead and take enough supplies, more than usually used. Some airlines require a current prescription or doctor’s letter to confirm the product is prescribed to the named person.
Ordering catheters for home delivery
Catheter orders can be placed with Fittleworth by sending us your prescription in the freepost envelope provided, by calling our Freephone number 0800 378 846 or through placing an order online. You do not need to visit your GP practice to collect your prescription, your GP can send it to us electronically, saving you time, or we can collect the prescription from your GP if they agree. We will take care of the rest, delivering the right products, discreetly on time and without fuss.