Male Coudé Tip Intermittent Urinary Catheters— What You Should Know

When is a Coudé tip catheter recommended?

Coudé tip catheters are recommended for men with difficulty inserting a straight-tip catheter due to urethral obstructions. The curved tip allows the catheter to bypass strictures or obstacles that may be present in the urethra. It is beneficial for men with enlarged prostates, urethral strictures, or other abnormalities that make it difficult to insert a straight catheter. Coudé tip catheters may also be recommended for men who experience discomfort or pain during catheterization with a straight-tip catheter.

What are the benefits of male coudé tip urinary catheters?

Here are some of the merits of using male Coudé tip intermittent urinary catheters:

  1. Increased Comfort: The curved tip of the catheter makes it easier to navigate through the urethra, reducing the discomfort and pain associated with catheterization.
  2. Reduced Trauma: Using a Coudé tip catheter reduces the risk of trauma to the urethra and bladder, as the curved tip is less likely to cause damage during insertion.
  3. Improved Drainage: Male Coudé tip catheters are designed to help overcome obstructions in the urethra, which can improve the drainage of urine from the bladder.
  4. Greater Convenience: Because they are designed specifically for men with urethral obstructions, male Coudé tip catheters can be easier to use and more efficient than other catheter types.

 Possible risks associated with using a Coudé tip catheter

As with any medical procedure, using a coudé tip catheter may be associated with some risks. These may include:

  1. Urinary tract infections: Catheterization increases the risk of urinary tract infections, particularly if the catheter is not inserted or appropriately maintained.
  2. Trauma to the urethra: The curved tip of the catheter can increase the risk of trauma to the urethra if it is not inserted or maintained correctly.
  3. Catheter-associated complications: Some complications associated with using urinary catheters may include blockages, leaks, or other catheterization-related issues. 

How to Insert a Coudé tip catheter

Inserting a Coudé tip catheter is similar to inserting a standard straight-tip catheter. However, because of the curved or angled tip, it may require a slightly different technique. Follow these steps to ease the process.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with a disinfectant and water. After that, put on a pair of sterile gloves.
  • Prepare the catheter kit and ensure it is sterile and unopened.
  • Ask the patient to lie comfortably on their back with their legs apart.
  • Clean the penis with an antiseptic solution and sterile wipes, starting at the tip and working outward.
  • Hold the penis firmly at the base with one hand and use the other to hold the catheter. Ensure the tip of the catheter is lubricated before you start inserting it.
  • Slowly insert the catheter into the urethra, aiming slightly upward toward the belly button.
  • If you encounter resistance, gently rotate the catheter or withdraw it slightly before attempting to advance it further.
  • When the catheter reaches the bladder, urine will begin to flow. Advance the catheter another inch to ensure it is entirely inside the bladder.
  • Once the urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter and drain the remaining urine.
  • Dispose of the catheter and gloves in a biohazard waste container and wash your hands.

It is crucial to note that only a qualified healthcare professional should place a catheter. Infection or damage might result from improper insertion. During catheterization, if you feel any pain, discomfort, or difficulties, stop immediately and get help from a doctor.


In summary, male Coudé tip intermittent urinary catheters are unique and beneficial for men with urethral strictures or other obstructive conditions. But, as with any medical procedure, you should talk to a doctor to determine if this type of catheter suits your needs.

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