Intermittent Urinary Catheterization — What you should know

What are the Indications for Male Straight Tip Urinary Catheter?

There are several reasons why a man may need intermittent urinary catheterization. These include:

  1. Urinary retention: This urological condition causes an inability to empty one's bladder. Prostate enlargement, bladder blockage, and nerve injury are all potential causes.
  2. Neurogenic bladder: This condition results from injury to the nerves that control bladder function. Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis, and other spinal cord injuries are some diseases that might bring about these symptoms.
  3. Urinary incontinence: This condition causes an involuntary release of urine. Weak bladder muscles, nerve injury, and other causes can contribute to this condition.
  4. Surgery: Intermittent catheterization may be required after surgery, such as prostate surgery, to help the bladder function.

Risks associated with Intermittent Urethral Catheterization

Like any medical procedure, male intermittent catheterization carries some risks and complications. These include:

  • Infection: Intermittent catheterization is associated with a risk of infection, especially if the catheter is not sterile or if proper hygiene practices are not followed
  • Blockage: The catheter can become blocked, preventing urine flow.
  • Pain: Catheter insertion can be painful and cause trauma to the urethra. Experts typically recommend using a lubricant when inserting a catheter to ease its entry and minimize trauma to the urethra.

How to Insert a Straight-Tip Urinary Catheter

Inserting a urinary catheter is a delicate procedure that requires proper technique and hygiene to minimize the risk of infection or injury. Here are the steps for inserting a straight-tip urinary catheter:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Put on a pair of sterile gloves.
  • Clean the genital area with an antiseptic solution, starting from the urethra and moving outward.
  • Lubricate the catheter's tip with a water-soluble lubricant.
  • Hold the catheter near the tip and gently insert it into the urethra, using your other hand to hold the penis.
  • Advance the catheter slowly and steadily until urine begins to flow.
  • Once urine begins to flow, insert the catheter another inch or two to ensure it is in the bladder.
  • Once the catheter is in the bladder, hold it steady and allow urine to drain into a sterile container.
  • Once urine has stopped flowing, slowly remove the catheter.
  • Discard the catheter in a biohazard container.
  • Rewash your hands with soap and water.

It is important to note that urinary catheterization should only be performed by trained healthcare professionals or under their supervision. If you experience discomfort or difficulty during the procedure, notify your healthcare provider immediately.


Male straight-tip intermittent urinary catheterization is a safe and effective procedure for managing bladder dysfunction. Proper hygiene practices and techniques are essential to minimize the risk of complications. If you are experiencing bladder dysfunction or have concerns about the procedure, consult a healthcare professional.