How to insert a catheter – for women

Women - How to insert a catheter (IC)

Learn how to safely insert an intermittent catheter

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The information below is abbreviated instructions for use. Please refer to product labelling for complete product instructions for use contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse events. Before starting to empty your bladder always assemble your equipment (according to the instructions for use supplied by the manufacturer) and place in an accessible area. Inspect catheter before use. Do not use the product if device or packaging is damaged.

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water (or moist towelette) and dry them.
  2. Position yourself comfortably with thighs spread apart. For many women, it is preferred to sit on the toilet or in a chair across from the toilet.
  3. With one hand, separate the labia and wash from front to back with soap and water or a moist towelette.
  4. If using an uncoated (not lubricated) catheter, use water soluble lubricant and lubricate it from the tip and first 2 inches of the catheter.
  5. If using a lubricated (hydrophilic) catheter it will be ready to use. If using a coated, (lubricated/ hydrophilic) catheter it will be ready to use.
  6. Slowly and gently insert the catheter into the ure­thra until the urine begins to flow (approximately 1-1½"). Then insert the catheter about 1" further and hold it there until urine stops flowing.
  7. When urine stops, slowly begin to withdraw the catheter. It is recommended that you slightly rotate the catheter as you withdraw and stop each time more urine drains out. If you are using a curved tip catheter (coudé), do not rotate.
  8. Stop briefly each time more urine drains out. Move a little and straighten yourself up to make sure the bladder is completely empty.
  9. Throw away the catheter after using it (as household waste) and wash your hands once more.

Remember, users performing intermittent self-catheterization should follow the advice of their physician.

i: Before use, always consult the ‘Instruction For Use’ document delivered with the products.

Important Safety Information: SpeediCath® catheters are indicated for use by patients with chronic urine retention and patients with a post void residual volume (PVR) due to neurogenic and non-neurogenic voiding dysfunction. The catheter is inserted into the urethra to reach the bladder allowing urine to drain. There is a separate SpeediCath Compact Set device intended for either males or females only.

SpeediCath catheters are available by prescription only. Patients performing self-catheterization should follow the advice of, and direct questions about use of the product to, their medical professional. Before using the device, carefully read the product labels and information accompanying the device including the instructions for use which contain additional safety information. The SpeediCath catheter is for single-use only; discard it after use. If you experience symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or are unable to pass the catheter into the bladder, contact your healthcare professional. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk to your healthcare provider.

For further information, call Coloplast Corp. at 1-866-226-6362 and/or consult the company website at

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