GentleCath™ FeelClean™ Technology

Life is full of sticky situations and GentleCath Glide catheters with FeelClean Technology doesn't have to be one of them

Are you sometimes feeling “stuck” or frustrated determining which catheter is best for your unique needs? Have you been resorting to a less expensive intermittent catheter that you are used to and more familiar with for fear of taking a risk to try something new? Sometimes it is easier to just put up with the mess that has become the routine instead of opting for something that might be uncomfortable or not work for you.

GentleCath™ has developed a solution and designed their GentleCath™ Glide intermittent catheters with innovative and advanced technology to transform their users’ intermittent catheterization experience. GentleCath™ Glide catheters with FeelClean™ Technology are designed to finally offer a clean and comfortable catheterization experience without the messiness, drying out, and sticky situations.

What is FeelClean™ Technology?

FeelClean™ Technology was developed by ConvaTec for their GentleCath™ Glide intermittent catheters and are the only intermittent catheters with this advanced technology. As the GentleCath™ Glide catheters are manufactured, the FeelClean™ Technology additive is embedded into the catheter material itself. Whereas traditional hydrophilic catheters are dipped into a cured surface coating. GentleCath™ Glide catheters’ hydrophilic properties are in every part of the tube’s material.

What Are the Benefits of FeelClean™ Technology?

Hydrophilic Properties Are Maintained

GentleCath™ Glide catheters can maintain their hydrophilic properties because of this FeelClean™ Technology. The entire catheter from tip to end is embedded with this innovative technology to maintain its hydrophilic properties within a wet environment for a smooth and comfortable catheterization experience.

90 percent of GentleCath Glide users rated them as more comfortable because of the FeelClean™ Technology

Activation is Instant

With FeelClean™ Technology, there is no need to wait for the GentleCath™ Glide catheters to be activated. Some other catheters with a hydrophilic coating on their surface need to soak before they are fully hydrated and ready to use. GentleCath™ catheters with FeelClean™ Technology are ready to use as soon as you need them.

87 percent of GentleCath Glide users rated them as cleaner because of the FeelClean™ Technology

No Sticky Residue and Won’t Dry Out

Because of the FeelClean™ Technology embedded into the actual catheter material, GentleCath™ Glide catheters won’t dry out or become sticky. The catheter remains smooth for the entire catheterization process from start to finish for maximum comfort.

No Mess Left Behind

Worrying about a mess and getting your clothes soiled during intermittent catheterization is the thing of the past with FeelClean™ Technology. ConvaTec has taken the extra effort to test their GentleCath™ Glide catheters, and their findings have resulted in less residue left behind than competitive products. The unique technology has proved to leave less mess on hands, body, and clothing.

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Enroll in the GentleCath™ me+ Program

Many questions arise during your catheterization journey, and that is precisely why ConvaTec created the GentleCath™ me+ Program. This program provides support for intermittent catheter users at no cost. There are many benefits to the program that include video trainers, personalized product sampling, connecting with a team of nurses for specific questions and advice, and so much more.

Learn about the complimentary GentleCath™ me+ Program, how to enroll, and more by clicking the button below.

GentleCath™ Glide Catheters with FeelClean™ Technology

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We are proud to offer GentleCath™ Glide catheters with FeelClean™ Technology at Personally Delivered. If you have any questions about these or any other intermittent catheters we carry, our friendly, knowledgeable, and caring Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

Remember, your catheterization experience should never be uncomfortable. With GentleCath™ FeelClean™ Technology, you will have less of a mess, no more sticky situations, and get back to doing the things that bring you joy.

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InterStim Therapy for Bladder Control Problems in Women

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Discussing bladder control problems with friends, family, and physicians can make most people feel uncomfortable. Worrying about bladder control can keep some people from enjoying activities they love. More than 33 million Americans deal with overactive bladder (OAB), sometimes referred to as urge incontinence. A minimally invasive procedure called InterStim therapy is a treatment option available for OAB if other non-surgical options have not worked.

First, we will discuss bladder control signs and symptoms, then conservative treatments to try, and finally discuss Interstim therapy as an option to treat bladder control problems.

Symptoms of Bladder Control Problems

  • Frequent urges to urinate (urgency-frequency)
  • Inability to hold urine/leaking (urge incontinence)
  • Inability to urinate (complete urinary retention)
  • Incomplete bladder emptying (partial urinary retention)

Conservative Treatments for Bladder Control Problems

Conservative or non-surgical treatments for bladder control problems typically come first. Some of the conservative treatment options are:

  • Kegel exercises
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes

If these conservative, non-surgical treatments have not effectively treated the bladder control problems, your physician may discuss InterStim Therapy with you as an option.

What is InterStim Therapy?

InterStim Therapy, also known as sacral nerve stimulation or sacral neuromodulation, is an FDA-approved treatment for several different bladder control problems, most often for women. This therapy is completely reversible and uses a small implantable device to send mild electrical pulses to stimulate the sacral nerves. These nerves are located near the spinal cord and just above the tailbone and control the pelvic floor, urinary and anal sphincters, lower urinary tract, and colon.

InterStim Therapy can be used to treat the following bladder control problems:

  • Overactive bladder (OAB): The sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • Urinary retention: A feeling of “fullness” with an inability to fully empty the bladder
  • Urinary incontinence: The involuntary leaking of urine due to the loss of bladder control
  • Bowel or Fecal incontinence: Stool unexpectedly leaking from the rectum due to the inability to control bowel movements

InterStim Therapy is not intended to treat issues like stress incontinence or urinary blockages. Also, it is not recommended for pregnant women, those with a pacemaker, or diabetic patients.

How Does InterStim Therapy Work?

The sacral nerves control the bladder and are located near the tailbone. When these nerves do not communicate effectively with the brain, normal bladder function is disrupted. InterStim Therapy provides stimulation to these nerves called neurostimulation to communicate with the brain for increased bladder control. Neurostimulation is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device.

How is the InterStim Therapy Device Inserted?

Before the InterStim Therapy device that generates the electrical pulses is surgically implanted, the patient will have a trial period to ensure the therapy will reduce bladder control symptoms. This is the first phase of the two-phase procedure and typically takes 1 to 3 weeks. This trial period determines if InterStim Therapy is right for you. With both phases of the process, you can go home the same day but need a driver.

The trial phase takes place in a medical office or operating room. The doctor numbs a small area near the tailbone and inserts a thin, flexible needle attached to a wire placed near the sacral nerves. Once the electrical stimulation starts, a comfortable pulsing or tingling sensation is sent to the vagina or rectal regions.

An external battery is then placed on a belt that is connected to the testing wire. A handheld remote control can then adjust the level of desired stimulation. During the first phase, your doctor may ask you to keep a bladder diary to track daily urinary habits. It is essential to abstain from sexual and strenuous activity to ensure the wires stay in place during this time. The incision sites should also remain dry and the wires free from potential entanglement.

The first phase of the procedure allows you to try neurostimulation to see if it is right for you without making a long-term commitment. Suppose your symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated during the testing period. In that case, you may benefit from long-term use of sacral nerve stimulation, and the second stage of the procedure is performed.  A permanent battery is implanted in the upper part of the buttock and is similar to a heart pacemaker’s size. Most all normal activities can be resumed within two weeks after this surgery.

What Are the Risks of InterStim Therapy?

As with any minimally invasive procedure, there may be risks, which could include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Continued bladder control problems

The good news is that if, for any reason, the InterStim Therapy device can be shut off or completely removed. It is essential to share all health concerns and intentions with your doctor to determine if the device needs to be turned off. For example, if you become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, the InterStim device would need to be shut off.

For even more information, visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672997/

InterStim Therapy for bladder control problems is not suitable for everyone. There are many alternate options to help manage OAB, urge incontinence, bowel or fecal incontinence, or any other symptom you are experiencing. Personally Delivered carries a wide variety of incontinence products to help with bladder and bowel control. If you need assistance choosing what incontinence products are right for your unique needs, our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts are here to guide you through the purchasing experience. Give us a call today. You’ll be happy you did!

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The Importance of Being Your Own Health Advocate

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Health care providers and hospitals have the best intentions in mind; however, medical errors do occur. If you feel something is wrong, it is crucial to be your own health advocate and speak up. Bringing attention to a potential issue could prevent a future error with another patient. Meena Dhanjal Outlaw suffered a spinal cord injury over 20 years ago that left her significantly paralyzed. Here, she speaks about the importance of being your own health advocate.

All Doctors Are Not Created Equal

When I had my spinal cord injury seventeen years ago, it was evident that the type of medical attention I need is by doctors who understand a spinal cord injury. I lived far away from the rehabilitation facility that practically took care of my needs, so I sought a general physician close to home. Unfortunately, I found that she was not well-versed in treating patients with spinal cord injuries,

I could go to my general physician for common colds and other minor issues. However, I realized she didn’t understand how my body functioned after a spinal cord injury.

For example, every time I had to give a urine sample, she would note that there was bacteria in my urine and instantly say, ‘You have a urinary tract infection.’ and give me a prescription for antibiotics.  I already knew from the specialized doctors I had seen thus far that I would only need an antibiotic if I had a fever or unexpected bladder accidents. So to avoid conflict with the doctor, I just never filled the prescription.

It wasn’t easy at times, but if I didn’t speak up for myself, then who will?

Pay Attention to Your Body and Ask Questions

Doctor Discussing Medication with his patient as they sit next to one anotherAt one point, I had to call my surgeon when I experienced a post-op problem. The surgeon had placed a port under my shoulder to provide easier access to the type of transfusion that will successfully treat the neuromuscular disease I have in addition to my spinal cord injury, which is called Myasthenia Gravis.

I knew there was a problem, considering the amount of blood oozing from where the incision had been made to place the catheter. The nurse in post-op knew that they had missed a stitch. After looking at the wound, the doctor didn’t think it was necessary to put in an extra stitch.

I was in pain the entire weekend after the surgery and felt I was consuming way too much over-the-counter pain medication.

Upon going for my second transfusion, I mentioned to the doctor that I was still in a lot of pain. He dismissed my pain, told me I had a small clot, and redressed the area.

Unfortunately, I felt I couldn’t speak up for myself at that time. However, since then, I spoke with my neurologist, who recommended pain medication. In addition, the doctors will now be keeping a closer eye on this area since I have several more treatments there.

If You are Concerned, Speak Up for Yourself

Self-advocacy isn’t always getting the result you think is necessary for you. Instead, it’s about not being afraid to speak up when necessary. Many people with a disability feel they cannot speak up for themselves because they don’t want to offend the doctor and possibly get more neglectful care.

I look back and wonder if I had spoken up at the time, would that surgeon continue to dismiss me or would I have had a weekend free of pain?

Take Charge and Educate Yourself – Be Your Own Health Advocate

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The best form of defense for me as a woman with a spinal cord injury was to educate myself about my own condition. This helped me better take action over my situation and prevent specific problems.

For example, if I took the antibiotics every time the general physician prescribed them to me, my body could’ve become immune to antibiotic treatment. At that point of severity, the only way to treat a UTI would be intravenously in a hospital with a much stronger dose of antibiotics.

Today, I have a general physician who listens to me and is well-versed in treating patients with Myasthenia Gravis and spinal cord injuries. While visiting her means a longer drive, it’s worth it to me because her care is so important.

So to recap:

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up.
  • Become knowledgeable about your condition so that you know what to do even after leaving a physician with no treatment to remedy your issue.
  • Find a doctor that understands
  • Don’t be afraid of distance.
  • Know your rights as a patient.

For further information on becoming your own health advocate and your rights as a patient, check out this helpful link www.patientadvocate.org, and remember knowledge is power.

Becoming your own health advocate can take time, but as Meena explains in her story, that tremendously helped her. There are many struggles that can come along with a spinal cord injury such as:

  • Neurological issues that can lead to loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Poor coordination or balance when walking
  • Extreme back, neck, and head pain
  • Changes in sexual function, sensitivity, and fertility

Being your own health advocate can help you feel more in control of your condition and have more confidence in the decisions you make for your medical care. When you take an active role in your health care, you are more likely to get the resources you need.

At Personally Delivered, we carry home delivery medical supplies for a wide variety of conditions. Whether you are looking for adult disposable diapers, incontinence pads, protective underwear, catheter supplies, or any other medical supplies, we have got you covered. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and caring Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist you in the purchasing process.

About the Author

Meena Dhanjal Outlaw

On January 23, 2000, Meena suffered a spinal cord injury that left her a T12 paraplegic. She worked hard to grow and push past adversity and challenges and even went back to school for a four-year diploma in writing for teenagers and children.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Incontinence

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Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence often are experienced together. The central nervous system controls many functions throughout the body, such as walking, thinking, and controlling various muscles. Multiple Sclerosis can cause damage to the central nervous system and produce a variety of symptoms, including vision loss, muscle stiffness, or even bladder and bowel dysfunction.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

mend and women exhibiting different symptoms of multiple sclerosisMultiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects cells in the central nervous system. For those with MS, not only is their immune system defending harmful bacteria and viruses again, but it is also attacking their body. Electrical signals are sent throughout the body by the central nervous system to control almost everything we do, and MS disrupts these electrical signals.

Those with MS can experience a wide range of symptoms, and this disease affects everyone differently. Although most of the symptoms are not visible to others, some are and can worsen over time.

Common Symptoms of MS

  • Walking problems
  • Vision problems
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive difficulties (attention, learning, and memory)
  • Mood changes
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain in arms and legs
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Weakness or poor coordination

How Multiple Sclerosis Can Affect the Bladder and Bowels

There is a coating on the nerve endings called the myelin sheath that protects the nerve cells. When the myelin sheath is damaged due to multiple sclerosis, electrical impulses transmit to the brain much slower. This nerve damage affects how the body interprets signals between the brain and the bladder and bowel. Coordination of the muscles that control holding and emptying the bladder and the bowels is disrupted, leading the incontinence.

Bowel or fecal incontinence can result from weak sphincter muscles from MS or can be from constipation. When a person is constipated from MS, it can be from the medication or lack of mobility and lead to overflow incontinence.

Some of the various types of incontinence a person with Multiple Sclerosis may experience are:

Overflow Incontinence

When the bladder does not fully empty, urine can leak. Those with overflow incontinence from MS are unable to squeeze the muscles needed to empty the bladder due to nerve and muscle damage.

Urge Incontinence

When a person feels a sudden urge to use the restroom and has to rush to get there, they are experiencing urge incontinence. The nerves linked to the bladder have been damaged with MS and cannot communicate quickly enough to the brain.

Stress Incontinence

When usually going about your day and having an unintentional loss of urine, you experience stress incontinence. You may also notice this leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or lift something heavy. The pelvic floor muscles have weakened from MS, so stress incontinence is often experienced.

Constipation

When you are not emptying the bowels as often as you usually would is one of the signs of constipation. Some medications can often cause constipation that lasts for days and be very painful. Abdominal bloating, decreased appetite, and fatigue are all signs that you may be constipated, and you should speak to your doctor about treatment.

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence or bowel incontinence is when a person cannot control regular bowel movements. When the sphincter muscles are damaged from multiple sclerosis, the ability to delay emptying the bowels is disrupted.

Treatment Options for Incontinence Related to Multiple Sclerosis

Treatment options are available to help improve incontinence for those with multiple sclerosis. There are many conservative methods. However, if those are not effective, then there are medications available. If incontinence symptoms are more severe, you may be recommended surgery as a last resort to improve your quality of life.

Conservative Treatments for Incontinence

Diet and Lifestyle

Bladder and bowel health is critical when it comes to incontinence. Eating a well-balanced diet that consists of fiber and plenty of fluids can help with regular bowel movements and avoid constipation. Fluids like carbonated beverages, caffeine, and alcohol can irritate the bladder, so it is best to avoid them.

Establishing a Routine

Establishing a routine can help to avoid accidents. It might help to go to use the bathroom every few hours and after every meal. Keeping a pattern of eating and drinking at the exact times can also help. In the evening, make sure to have your last drink two hours before bed. This practice may help avoid an overnight accident.

Retraining the Bladder or Bowels

Bowel retraining and bladder retraining is a treatment for incontinence that can work well for those with persistent diarrhea, constipation, or nerve damage due to MS. With bowel retraining, the goal is to aim for consistency of the stool and regularity of the movements. Gradually increasing the time between bowel movements, you are retraining the sphincter muscles, which may help make it easier to hold on.

When retraining the bladder, this process also involves gradually increasing the amount of time between each visit to the bathroom. Both bowel and bladder retraining takes time and patience. Many people find that keeping a Bladder Journal or Bowel Journal can help. This journal can also be shared with your doctor to determine a treatment plan.

Incontinence Products

Assortment of incontinence productsToday, there are many incontinence products on the market that are designed to address light to severe urinary or fecal incontinence. These incontinence products can help provide more comfort, security, and protection for your clothing, bedding, furniture, and auto.

Incontinence products are available in a wide variety of absorbency levels, sizes, and styles. And, these products are offered for all genders and ages. Some of the categories include:

  • Incontinence Protective Underwear resemble regular underwear and offer more traditional and discreet protection.
  • Incontinence Briefs are also called adult diapers with refastenable tabs. This incontinence product is a more secure and absorbent option.
  • Incontinence Liners and Pads are generally used for light to moderate incontinence and are inserted into regular underwear as an added layer of protection.
  • Incontinence Belted Undergarments are much longer than a typical pad and feature a belt for additional security.
  • Incontinence Bed Pads, Underpads, and Chux are an excellent option to protect everything from your bed, furniture, car seat, or use as a puppy potty training pad.
  • Incontinence Clamps are used to help treat urinary incontinence in men. This device blocks the flow of urine. Many men use them to control urinary incontinence after prostate surgery, obesity, old age, or those who have diabetes.

Visit our Incontinence Product page for more information and to order these products. Our caring, specially trained Product Advisors can help you decide which option is most suitable for you.

Intermittent Catheters

collage of intermittent and Foley cathetersWhen a person cannot fully empty their bladder independently, they may be given the option to use an intermittent catheter.  By using an intermittent catheter, it can help eliminate overflow incontinence. A thin, flexible tube is into the urethra to drain urine out of the bladder. All catheters are designed to be sterile, one-time-use, and require a valid prescription from a physician. There are various types of catheters available, and depending on your unique needs, your doctor will know what is best for you.

Foley Catheters or Indwelling Catheters

Depending on the circumstance, a Foley catheter or indwelling catheter is inserted into the bladder and remains there for either a short or prolonged period. A balloon filled with sterile water is incorporated near the tip of the catheter tube. Once the catheter is inserted and inflated, this balloon prevents the Foley catheter from slipping out of place. Typically, a leg bag or urine drainage bag is connected to this type of indwelling catheter.

Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation

A treatment method that directly stimulates the nerves responsible for bladder and bowel control is called Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) and can treat incontinence. The tibial nerve is near the ankle, and during PTNS, a small needle connected to a stimulator device is inserted at this point. Impulses travel up the spine and target nerves in the spinal cord to retrain the bladder and pelvic floor muscle function. Some MS patients have found this helpful.

Using Medicine to Treat Incontinence

Laxatives

Sunmark ClearlaxMultiple sclerosis can leave some immobile, which can lead to constipation and ultimately overflow incontinence. Over-the-counter laxatives are available to help treat incontinence and come in various options such as suppositories, powders, and liquids. Laxatives are usually fast-acting to provide relief for irregularities. Make sure to you speak to your doctor or pharmacist about which type of laxative is best to use.

Antidiarrheal Medication

Antidiarrheals work to slow down the production of loose stool or diarrhea. Over-the-counter medications such as Imodium are available for purchase to help with the discomfort of repeated liquid bowel movements. However, it is essential to note that an underlying issue causes diarrhea, and these medications may offer only temporary relief.

Anal Irrigation and Enemas

Anal irrigation or rectal irrigation is a method that involves emptying the bowel by using a specialized pump, water, and irrigation tube. Anal irrigation is an effective alternative to conservative treatments like suppositories and laxatives. Anal irrigation can help manage chronic constipation and fecal incontinence.

Enemas are a quick, easy, and fast-acting treatment used to clear impaction from severe constipation. Using enema products involves administering a solution such as water and sodium phosphate to clear the bowel.

Antispasmodic Medications

Spasms of the bladder muscle can often be treated by the use of antispasmodic medications. These medications work to relax the muscles of the gut. They can help reduce urge incontinence associated with MS. Antispasmodic medications belong to a group of medicines known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic drugs. A doctor must prescribe these medications as they are not suitable or safe for some people.

Injectable Therapies

Injectable therapies are available as a treatment that includes the non-surgical injection of a “bulking” material into the urethra to improve leakage. This material thickens the tissues, which then prevents soiling and improves bladder control.

Surgical Treatments for Incontinence

Suprapubic Catheters

As an alternative form of long-term catheterization, a suprapubic catheter can be used to treat incontinence. This type of catheter involves a minor surgical procedure to place a tube directly into your bladder through your abdomen. The suprapubic catheter can then be attached to a leg bag or urinary drainage bag to collect urine. It can be more comfortable than a Foley catheter and may be less likely to cause infection.

Botox

Botox is a potent neurotoxin that causes muscle paralysis by blocking the electrical impulses to a nerve. This type of incontinence treatment is relatively new in terms of treating an overactive bladder. If all other medications have failed to improve your condition, Botox may be a considered treatment by your doctor.

Bladder Augmentation

If medications and conservative treatments have failed to treat your incontinence, your doctor may discuss a bladder augmentation surgery may be an option. There are several ways this operation can be performed, but it is considered major surgery and involves cutting the bladder open. If you consider this option with your doctor, it is essential to ask as many questions as possible and take notes of your conversation.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Sacral Nerve Stimulation or Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) can help restore normal bladder or bowel function by addressing the communication between the brain and the bladder and bowel. A device is implanted under the skin in the upper buttock. This device helps correct the messages that run along the nerve pathways that may be causing incontinence symptoms. As with other incontinence surgical treatment options, it should only be considered after medication and conservative incontinence treatment options have been exhausted.

Colostomy

For those with Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence, if fecal incontinence is severe, constipation is brought on from immobility, or dexterity issues have developed, your doctor may recommend a bowel diversion in the form of a colostomy. A small incision is made in the abdomen, and a section of the colon is pulled to the surface, forming a stoma. The stoma is an artificial opening that an ostomy skin barrier and ostomy pouch attaches to for waste collection. Colostomies may be temporary or permanent, so this treatment is typically considered in severe cases where all other treatment options have failed.

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Not only do we offer a wide range of incontinence products by absorbency, size, and style, we can help make it easy for you to get the products you need to be delivered right to your door when you need them. With our Automatic Delivery Program, you will save an additional 5% on each shipment and get 3% back at the end of the year. There is no commitment, it is hassle-free, and you can cancel at any time.

What Resources Are Available for Those Affected by MS?

For those affected by Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence, there are many resources available.

Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence often go hand-in-hand, but as you can see, there are many options available for treatment. We are here for all of your incontinence needs at Personally Delivered. If you need assistance choosing the right incontinence products for your unique situation, our Product Experts are just a phone call away.

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The Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter

The Infyna Chic is the most recent hydrophilic female catheter from Hollister. This intermittent hydrophilic catheter for women is now available at Personally Delivered, and we are excited to share with you all of the beautiful features. Hollister understands that discretion is critical to women who catheterize, so let’s dive into learning more about this discreet and easy-to-use new female intermittent catheter.

The Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter Features

Flip-top cap

This intermittent hydrophilic catheter for women was designed not only with discreetness but with ease-of-use in mind. The beautiful pastel pink pocket-sized carrying case’s lid flips open and closed using just one hand.

5-inch length

The Infyna Chic hydrophilic female catheter is 5-inches in length, giving assurance that the bladder is fully drained.

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The Infyna Chic Intermittent Catheter allows for touch-free insertion as it is just the right stiffness to glide into the urethra. The heat-polished eyelets are an added benefit to allow for greater comfort during the insertion process.

Uniquely color-coded funnels

The unique French size funnel colors of the Infyna Chic hydrophilic intermittent catheters are an array of beautiful pastel colors, unlike the traditional catheter funnels that are much brighter. These attractive, elegant colors give this female catheter a delicate feminine appeal.

Pre-hydrated

This hydrophilic female catheter is also pre-hydrated in its own water solution. This pre-hydration means the catheter is ready-to-go when you are. Since the fluid is water-based instead of gel-based, standard fabrics will not stain if you accidentally spill. Upon flipping the cap closed, there is no worry about any liquids leaking from the container.

Recyclable case

As a bonus, the case is not only discreet but recyclable. This feature means less environmental waste and a reduced carbon footprint.

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The Hollister Infyna Chic Catheter Unique French Size Funnel Colors

The universal color-coding system that’s a part of catheter sizing allows you to look at the funnel color to ensure you are using the proper prescribed French size. Unlike the traditional bold and brighter shades of other catheter funnels mentioned in the features above, the Hollister Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter funnels are a delicate array of beautiful and feminine pastels.

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How to Use the Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Collect your supplies

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial hand soap
  • A toilet
  • A moist towelette or personal wipe
  • Your Hollister Infyna Chic catheter

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  • Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use a moist towelette or personal wipe and cleanse the genital area.
  • Either sit or stand near the toilet and open your legs.
  • Flip open the cap of the Infyna Chic catheter with your thumb. This action will break the seal.
  • Grip the catheter’s funnel with your dominant hand, making sure not to touch the catheter tube itself.
  • Using your non-dominant hand, spread the labia open and gently start inserting the catheter into the urethra until urine begins to flow.
  • Once urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter and insert it back into its case. Once the cap is closed, there is no worry about leaking.
  • You can now carry the catheter to a place for disposal or throw the catheter away and recycle the case.

You should not feel sharp pain or hurt in any way during the catheterization process. If you experience these feelings, try taking a deep breath and attempt insertion of the catheter again.

Also remember, that all catheters are intended to be single-use devices. Attempting to reuse a catheter increases the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and can damage the hydrophilic coating, making catheterization more painful.

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Where to Buy Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheters

We are proud to carry the Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter at Personally Delivered. Should you have more questions about this female catheter, our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts are ready to assist.

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As a friendly reminder, all catheters, including the new Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter, require a physician’s prescription. With a valid prescription, our team can help guide you through finding the right size and type of catheter that will suit your unique needs.

View Other Popular Hollister Female Catheters

Apogee Essentials Female HC Hydrophilic Catheter

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Hollister VaPro Plus Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Hollister VaPro Plus Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Hollister Onli Ready-To-Use Women's Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter

Hollister Onli Ready-To-Use Women's Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter
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GentleCath me+™ Program by ConvaTec

GentleCath Me Plus Program

It is natural to have several questions along the way on your catheterization journey. ConvaTec is committed to supporting your needs and making continence care more convenient and comfortable.

The GentleCath me+™ Program is a free support program designed to help intermittent catheter users like you navigate life a little easier. The goal of GentleCath me+™ is to make sure your catheterization needs are taken care of so you can be less stressed and focus on what matters to you most.

What are the Benefits of the GentleCath me+™ Program?

When you enroll in the complimentary GentleCath me+™ program, you will gain full access to several valuable benefits:

  • With GentleCath™ Video Trainer, you can create your personalized video guide with tips and advice tailored to you and the specific intermittent catheter you are using.
  • GentleCath me+™ Support consists of a team of WOC nurses and product specialists available by phone or email to answer questions and offer advice.
  • GentleCath me+™ Answers is your “go-to” resource for answering all of your catheterization questions in great detail.
  • GentleCath me+™ Community highlights real stories from other intermittent catheter users and provides a wealth of help and advice.
  • Personalized product sampling offers to help ensure you are using the best intermittent catheter for your unique needs.

We will go into more detail about each of these benefits, but let’s first discuss the available GentleCath Intermittent Catheters.

The Four Types of GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters

GentleCath™ users feel confident using products designed for safety and ease of use. Each individual has their own unique set of needs when it comes to catheterization, which is why GentleCath™ offers a variety of product solutions.

The four types of GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters are:

1. GentleCath™ Glide Catheter

GentleCath Glide catheterThe GentleCath™ Glide Catheter is a less messy option for a fast and convenient catheterization experience. The FeelClean™ Technology offers a smooth, slippery surface and reduced residue. Also, it features a handling sleeve for a touchless experience, which helps you avoid getting bacteria from your hands on the catheter.

Benefits of Using GentleCath™ Glide Catheters

  • Quick lubrication: GentleCath™ Glide catheters are ready to use as soon as you break the included water sachet and wet the length of the catheter.
  • Low-friction hydrophilic surface: The smooth, slippery surface makes the catheterization insertion experience more comfortable and prevents any tissue trauma.
  • FeelClean™ Technology: The unique FeelClean™ technology is less messy and reduces the residuals left behind when catheterizing.
  • A touchless handling sleeve: GentleCath™ Glide catheters have a no-touch handling sleeve to help prevent contamination of the catheter with bacteria from the hands.
  • Not made with DEHP: DEHP (di(2-Ethylhexyl)phthalate) a plastic softener that may be linked to cancer and reduced fertility.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Glide Male User Guide

Download the GentleCath™ Glide Female User Guide

2. GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheter

GentleCath Hydrophilic Female CatheterThe GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheter allows for a simple catheterization experience from beginning to end. The included sterile water sachet activates the coating, and the handling strip allows you to catheterize without touching the catheter tube itself, reducing the risk of infection.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Male User Guide

Download the GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Female User Guide

3. GentleCath™ Uncoated Catheter

GentleCath Female CatheterThe GentleCath™ Uncoated Intermittent Catheter makes insertion and removal smooth and easy with its soft rounded tip and polished eyelets to minimize friction. The GentleCath™ Uncoated Catheter is available with both straight and coudé tips.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Uncoated Male User Guide

Download the GentleCath™ Uncoated Female User Guide

4. GentleCath™ Pro-Closed System Catheter

GentleCath Pro-Closed System CatheterWith the GentleCath™ Pro-Closed System Catheter, you can use your catheter wherever and whenever you need it. This all-in-one intermittent catheter minimizes the risk of infection with its touch-free design of a pre-attached collection bag.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Pro-Closed System Male User Guide

Download the GentleCath™ Pro-Closed System Female User Guide

GentleCath me+™ Video Trainer

With the GentleCath me+™ Video Trainer, just answer a few simple questions, and you will be able to view your very own video within a couple of minutes. Detailed instructions and tips tailored to you serve as an educational aid to provide clear instruction on the use of your particular type of intermittent catheter.

GentleCath me+™ Support

two men laughing and supporting one anotherWhen adjusting to catheterizing, you might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical, and emotional challenges. GentleCath me+™ Support brings you the products and support you need, tips and advice you can use, and an inspiring community to be a part of. You’ll get the support you need throughout your entire journey.

GentleCath me+™ Support is customized to provide the proper support at the right time throughout all stages of your journey. A team of dedicated nurses and product specialists can give you the support and answers you need.

You can fill out a contact form, call them directly, or send an email from HERE.

GentleCath me+™ Answers

You can get answers to commonly asked questions and explore articles providing tips, tricks, resources, and solutions with the GentleCath me+™ Answers benefit. Topics span relationships, travel, physical activities, and everyday life.

GentleCath me+™ Answers is committed to helping you find answers to the questions you may have as an intermittent catheter user. There is a place to ask your unique questions that you would like answered.

GentleCath me+™ Community

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In the GentleCath me+™ Community, you can read inspiring stories and experiences from other intermittent catheter users while discovering an entire community of help and advice.

Everyone’s catheterization journey will be different, so the GentleCath me+™ Community was designed to help create meaningful connections and facilitate encouragement between intermittent catheter users.

GentleCath me+™ Personalized Product Sampling

GentleCath Glide Male CatheterWith a valid prescription from your physician, you can request GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter samples for both men and women. Just answer a few simple questions, and you will be contacted by a ConvaTec representative regarding the GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter sample that interests you.

Enroll in GentleCath me+™

Enrolling in GentleCath me+™ gives you all the valuable resources and support you need all at no cost to you. You will have access to a dedicated team of WOC nurses and specialists to information on products and lifestyle. You don’t have to figure it out alone with the GentleCath me+™ program.

Enroll Now

We at Personally Delivered are proud to be a part of the ConvaTec family. We are also available to speak to you about any questions you may have about GentleCath me+™ or any of the GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters we carry. Our dedicated and compassionate catheter experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

So if you are a GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter user, why not enroll in GentleCath me+™ and get back to living your life the way you want to!

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Male Catheters

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Are you searching for more information about male catheters as well as where to buy them? We will discuss the five main types of male catheters to help you better understand them as well as where to purchase male catheters.

Personally Delivered offers a wide array of male catheters at the best prices. Whether you’re using catheters for urinary retention, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), after prostate cancer treatment, or another medical condition, we are sure to have the male catheter option for you.

The Five Types of Male Catheters

Catheters can be used intermittently or stay in the bladder for a more extended period. We will discuss the differences, benefits, and where to buy male catheters in more detail.

The five types of male catheters are:

  1. Straight male catheters
  2. Pre-lubricated and hydrophilic male catheters
  3. Closed system male catheters
  4. Indwelling Foley catheters
  5. Male external catheters

1. Straight Male Catheters

Coloplast Self-Cath Straight Male Length CatheterA straight male catheter is a thin, uncoated flexible tube that you insert into the urethra or through a stoma to drain urine from the bladder. Straight male catheters are commonly made of vinyl (PVC), silicone, POBE, or red rubber latex. These types of catheters are intermittent, meaning they are inserted, urine is drained, and then the catheter is withdrawn and discarded after each use.

Since they are uncoated, straight male catheters require manual lubrication upon insertion for a more comfortable catheterization experience. Sterile catheter lubricant comes in convenient single-use packets or larger tubes.

Straight catheters, like all types of male catheters, may also be available to you as pocket catheters. Straight pocket catheters typically come in a curved or U-shaped package, which you can discreetly tuck into your pocket, bag, or briefcase for easy carrying.

2. Pre-lubricated and Hydrophilic Male Catheters

Hydrophilic male catheters are similar to straight catheters but have a unique coating bonded to the surface. When activated by water, the catheter becomes lubricated and slick, providing smooth and comfortable insertion and catheter removal.

Some types of male hydrophilic catheters require manual activation of the hydrophilic coating, while others come already activated and are ready to go right out of the packaging. The popular GentleCath Glide Male Catheter comes with an included water sachet that is “popped,” and the hydrophilic coating is activated, creating a low-friction surface. The newer SpeediCath Soft Hydrophilic Male Catheter is ready to go when you are since it is pre-lubricated and virtually touch-free.

GentleCath Glide Male catheter in size 14 French and is 16 inches longJust like hydrophilic catheters, pre-lubricated male catheters don’t require additional lubricating jelly. Pre-lubricated catheters are a “less mess” option as the gel-like sterile lubricant won’t drip like the sterile water or saline does from other hydrophilic male catheter options.

Most pre-lubricated and intermittent hydrophilic catheters offer a touchless handling sleeve in their packaging to allow the user to handle the catheter without touching the tube itself. This touch-free feature reduces the risk of bacterial contamination from your hands. Cure Medical takes great attention to detail in their hydrophilic catheters. The Cure Ultra Male Catheter features a unique Coverall coating to ensure evenly distributed lubrication down the catheter’s entire length. This technology provides a cleaner, no mess, no dripping catheterization. The gripper sleeve eliminates touching the catheter itself and reduces the risk of contamination and infection. All Cure catheters are free of DEHP, BPA, and natural rubber latex as an added benefit.

Benefits of Hydrophilic Catheters

  • Easy-to-use
  • Less mess
  • Reduced friction and trauma to the urethra
  • Reduced risk of contamination and urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Convenient for carrying and traveling

3. Male Closed System Catheters

Hollister VaPro Plus Hydrophilic CatheterA male closed system catheter is an all-in-one option that includes a pre-lubricated or hydrophilic catheter in its own self-contained sterile collection bag. Sometimes other insertion supplies are included, such as gloves, disinfecting wipes, and an underpad, to make catheterization more hygienic. The completely closed system allows for touchless catheterization, making it an excellent choice for men on-the-go or in wheelchairs because of their convenience. The all-in-one system will enable men to catheterize whenever and wherever there is privacy.

A popular touchless male closed system catheter option is the Hollister VaPro Plus Touch-Free Male Catheter. This catheter is ready-to-use with sterile catheter hydration technology. No receptacle is needed with the integrated collection bag and touch-free protective sleeve and introducer tip.

4. Indwelling Foley Male Catheters

details and specific parts of a Foley catheterIndwelling Foley catheters stay in the bladder for a more extended period and are inserted by a doctor or nurse. The Foley catheter’s primary purpose is to drain urine from the bladder into a collection device, typically a leg bag or drain bag. A small balloon is inflated near the insertion tip to keep the catheter in place, so it doesn’t slip.

A couple of the examples of Indwelling Foley Catheters that we carry at Personally Delivered are the Cardinal Health Dover 2-Way Straight Foley Catheter and the Coloplast Foley Catheter with 10 cc Balloon.

Since Foley catheters remain inside the body for long periods, the risk of urinary tract infections may increase. However, indwelling catheters may be the right choice for people who are unable to self-cath.

You can learn even more about Foley catheters here.

5. Male External Catheters

Male external cathetersFreedom Clear External Male Catheter, also referred to as condom catheters or Texas catheters, fit over the penis in the same manner that a condom would. The difference between a regular condom and the male external catheter or condom catheter is that it has a plug at the end to attach a drainage tube so urine can pass into a collection bag or device. Skin-friendly adhesive or soft straps hold the male external catheters in place.

Men who use condom catheters usually wear one for no longer than a day or two at a time. It can be beneficial because they are less likely to cause urinary infections associated with frequent catheterization. Because external catheters allow for more movement and are non-invasive, they can be a more comfortable option.

If deciding that a male external catheter is an option for you, it is essential to make sure you get the right size and fit to prevent leaks, leading to skin irritation and breakdown.

Male Catheter Lengths

Coloplast SpeediCath Flex Coudé Pro Pocket CatheterThe male urethra is longer than the female urethra, therefore requiring a longer catheter. Male catheters (sometimes known as unisex catheters) are typically 16-inches long. However, there are pocket catheters for men that come in a shorter length to accommodate the compact size for discreetness.

For example, the Coloplast SpeediCath Flex Coude Pro Pocket Catheter is only 13-inches long. It is an excellent choice for discreet carrying in public. It offers hygienic features such as a flexible insertion tip and a unique protective dry-sleeve, so you never directly touch the catheter tube.

Male Catheter French Sizes

Male length catheters come in many different French sizes to accommodate a variety of anatomies. A universal gauge system is used that measures the catheter tube diameter, referred to as a “French size” (Fr). The diameter is taken in millimeters and then multiplied by 3 to result in the French size. For example, if a catheter’s diameter is 5.4 millimeters, the French size is 16.

Most male catheters, except for certain red rubber catheters, follow the universal color-coding system, which allows you to look at the funnel color to ensure you are using the proper prescribed French size.

Your doctor will play an essential role in making sure you are using the right size catheter for your needs. If your catheter is too short, it will not reach the bladder to drain urine sufficiently. On the other hand, if the French size is not wide enough, urine can flow around the tube, causing leakage.

The biggest problem experienced by using a catheter that is too long or wide is pain. Trying to insert a catheter that is slightly larger than the diameter of your urethra will not only be painful but can also be damaging to the tissue.

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Straight and Coudé Tips on Male Catheters

There are two different types of catheter insertion tips available on all types of male catheters. There is a straight tip with no bend or curve in it, and then there is a coudé tip, featuring an angle, “elbow,” or bend.

Some men have urethral strictures, enlarged prostates, or blockages and have difficulty passing straight catheters. The doctor may sometimes prescribe a coudé catheter to help bypass tight places. Coudé catheters come in a variety of options for a man’s needs and preferences, such as closed system kits, hydrophilic catheters, and intermittent straight catheters

Coudé catheters are broken down even further into three main types of tips for coudé catheters. These three different types of tips for coudé catheters include:

Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter

GentleCath Male Coudé Tip CatheterA Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter features a short, strong curve that is smaller at the insertion point. This tip is perfect for navigating through complicated passages or strictures or bypassing enlarged prostates.

An excellent example of a tapered tip coudé male catheter is the GentleCath™ Male Length Coudé Tip Catheter. With its smooth polished eyelets, this tapered tip coudé male catheter facilitates easy insertion.

Olive Tip Coudé Catheter

Coloplast Self-Cath Olive Tip Coudé CatheterAn Olive Tip Coudé Catheter is slightly ball-shaped and rounded with a curve to aid in smooth passage around obstructions to the bladder. The rounded, curved olive insertion tip allows for a smoother passage to the bladder and may bypass false passages or urethral obstructions.

The Coloplast Self-Cath Olive Tip Coudé Catheter is an excellent example of an olive tip coudé male catheter. This particular catheter also features a guide stripe on the length of the catheter to aid in the placement of the angled tip.

Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter

Rusch Siliconized Tiemann CatheterThe Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter is elongated and tapered and typically more pliable than other coudé tips. This type of catheter tip is beneficial for navigating narrower passages and bypassing strictures. And since the Tiemann tip is flexible, it can also aid in better comfort during catheterization.

The Rusch Siliconized Tiemann Tip Coudé Catheter is an excellent example of this type of male catheter. It also features a notch on the catheter funnel that determines the tip position for insertion.

How do You Use Male Catheters?

Gather all of the catheter supplies

Surgilube lubricant packetsYou will need the following:

  • A toilet or collection container for urine
  • Anti-bacterial soap and warm water or a moist towelette or personal wipe
  • Water-soluble lubricating jelly
  • Waterproof pad such as a bed pad or underpad
  • Clean catheter

Prepare for insertion

  • Use warm, soapy water to wash your hands and around the head and tip of your penis. You can also use a moist towelette or personal wipe.
  • Sit or lie down with knees bent and place the underpad under your penis. Put the collection container close to you, or if you are using a toilet, make sure to stand directly above it to catch any urine.
  • Lubricate the male catheter with the water-soluble lubricating jelly.
    • Lubricate the first 7 to 10 inches of the catheter.
    • Place the other end of the catheter over the toilet or collection container.

Insertion of the male catheter

  • With one hand, hold your penis straight out from your body. Slowly insert the male catheter with the other hand into the opening of your urethra. If the catheter is not going in, stop and take a moment to relax. Never force a catheter.
  • Start to empty your bladder.
    • Gently push the catheter in about 7 to 10 inches and stop inserting when urine starts to flow.
    • Once the urine is flowing, push the catheter in about another inch and hold it in place.
    • Slowly remove the catheter when urine stops flowing.

 Note: The catheterization process should not hurt or cause sharp pain. If you experience these feelings, remove the catheter and try again.

Troubleshooting Common Catheter Problems

The catheter will not go in.

If the catheter does not go in, do not force it. You could damage sensitive tissue and cause trauma. If you are still unable to insert the catheter after you have stopped for a moment to relax and tried again, contact your doctor or visit your nearest urgent care clinic for immediate assistance.

No urine is draining from the catheter.

Gently rotate the catheter as you insert it in case it is blocked. Sometimes mucus or lubricating jelly can block the drainage eyelets and take a couple of minutes to dissolve. Try gently pushing the catheter a little further up into the penis or pulling it back.

If you are using an indwelling Foley male catheter, check for kinks in the catheter tubing or urine drain bag tubing. Ensure the urine collection bag is positioned below your bladder and the leg straps fit correctly, not to cause any bag obstruction.

Urine is leaking around the catheter.

Also called “bypassing,” urine leaking around the catheter could mean the catheter is blocked or the tubing is kinked. Make sure that you are using the right size catheter prescribed for you. If the catheter is too small, leakage around the catheter is quite common.

There is difficulty inserting or removing the catheter.

If you have pain or discomfort when you insert your catheter, try using more lubricant. When you are pushing the catheter past your prostate (the gland that makes semen), it is common to meet some resistance. Take a deep breath and try to relax before you push the catheter in further. Breathe in, then continue pushing the catheter in as you slowly let your breath out.

Your doctor may have prescribed a size too large for you, which can be very uncomfortable and cause pain. It is wise to contact your doctor and confirm that you are using the correct size male catheter.

There is blood on the catheter or in your urine.

If you notice blood on the catheter, it could be a sign that your urethral opening is too dry. Try using more lubricating jelly to prevent further irritation to the area. If you see blood in the urine, it could mean you have an infection. Contact your doctor for an assessment.

When to Contact Your Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

  • You have a fever of 100.4°F(38.0°C) or higher, as advised by the CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Your urine is thick, cloudy, or has mucus in it
  • Bloody (pink or red) or foul-smelling urine
  • You have pain or burning in your urethra, bladder, or abdomen.
  • It is too painful, difficult, or uncomfortable to insert your catheter far enough to start your urine flow.

Where to Buy Male Catheters Online

Regardless of a person’s age or gender, all catheters require a prescription from your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your condition, validate your diagnosis, and provide you with a prescription. You can visit the PersonallyDelivered.com site and shop to purchase a variety of male catheters with that prescription.

Personally Delivered is a leading provider of male catheters. We supply catheters from a wide range of brands from popular catheter manufacturers. It is a top priority of ours to make sure we can accommodate our customers’ diverse needs and preferences by carrying catheter supplies of all types and sizes.

With any questions or concerns about any of the female catheter supplies we offer at Personally Delivered, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

Popular Male Catheters

SpeediCath Compact Set for Men

SpeediCath Compact Set for Men

GentleCath Glide Male Catheter

GentleCath Glide Male catheter in size 14 French and is 16 inches long

Cure Medical Pocket Catheter with Lubricant

Cure Medical Pocket Catheter with Lubricant

UltraFlex Silicone Self-Adhering Male External Catheter

UltraFlex Silicone Self-Adhering Male External Catheter
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Female Catheters

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The use of female catheters may be necessary for a woman at any stage of her life. A variety of medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury may require a female catheter as part of a treatment plan developed by her doctor. Other urinary disorders such as bladder retention, urinary incontinence, and neurogenic bladder can impact how the female urinary system functions.

What are Female Intermittent Catheters?

An intermittent female catheter is a clean, thin, flexible tube inserted into the bladder to empty urine. The catheter helps a woman empty her bladder when it will not entirely empty or when it will not empty by itself. They can even help prevent accidental leakage due to overflow incontinence.

The term intermittent when speaking about catheters refers to the insertion and removal of a catheter to empty the bladder several times throughout the day. The opposite of an intermittent catheter is an indwelling catheter that remains in the bladder for a more extended period.

Typically made of silicone, vinyl (PVC), POBE (polyolefin-based elastomer), or red rubber latex, female intermittent catheters are flexible and offered in various lengths and sizes to accommodate females of all ages.

A doctor may prescribe female intermittent catheters as a treatment option to help drain the female bladder for women that suffer from urge incontinence, stress incontinence, or overflow incontinence.

The Three Types of Female Catheters

The first thing to consider when researching where to buy female catheters is which type of female intermittent catheter is right for you. There are three main types of female catheters that we will discuss now.

Cure Ultra Straight Female CathetersStraight Female Catheters

Straight female catheters are tubes typically made of vinyl (PVC), silicone, or red rubber. They are uncoated, and you must manually lubricate straight urinary catheters before use. The catheter lubricant helps make the catheterization experience much more comfortable as it assists in a sterile and smooth insertion and removal process. Along with the number of straight female catheters prescribed, most insurance providers will cover sterile individual packets of catheter lubricant. For those that catheterize more frequently than their prescription covers, Personally Delivered can help with the additional catheters and lubricants needed at competitive prices.

hollister vapro female pocket catheterHydrophilic Female Catheters

Hydrophilic female catheters offer a unique hydrophilic coating activated with a water sachet included in the packaging. Once the fingers squeeze the water sachet, it bursts and acts as the lubricant to the catheter. This coating directly bonds to the catheter and remains slippery from insertion to withdrawal. The benefit of hydrophilic female catheters is that they eliminate the need for additional catheter lubricant.

Other hydrophilic catheters come ready-to-use and pre-lubricated right out of the packaging. There is no need to activate them as they provide a smooth and slippery catheterization experience.

Nowadays, most hydrophilic catheter manufacturers have focused on minimizing the risk of contamination and have virtually touch-free options that feature a guiding sleeve to insert the female catheter without touching the tube itself.

Bard Touchless Female Red Rubber Catheter KitClosed System Female Catheters

Closed system female catheters are a convenient all-in-one product. These female catheters typically include a hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheter along with a urine collection bag and sometimes other insertion supplies to help with the catheterization experience. Many brands offer kits that include these insertion supplies, such as gloves, disinfecting wipes, and an underpad, to make catheterization more hygienic.

Closed system female catheters are an excellent option for women on-the-go or in wheelchairs because of their convenience. The all-in-one system allows women to catheterize whenever and wherever there is privacy.

External Female Catheters

Aside from the female intermittent catheter inserted into the bladder, another option remains on the exterior genital area. Female external catheters, such as the PureWick Female External Catheter, allow for non-invasive urine output management. The low-pressure suction pulls the urine out into a designated collection device. This external female catheter option helps keep the skin dry and healthy.

Female Catheter Length

A female catheter’s average length is between 6-inches and 8-inches, with some pocket catheter options available in an even shorter length. Intermittent catheters come in various sizes based on the anatomies of the body. The catheter must be long enough to reach the bladder to provide complete emptying. The male urethra is longer than the female urethra, therefore requiring a longer catheter.

Many women prefer the convenience of short catheters. However, some may like a unisex catheter (most often called male length). Male length catheters provide the additional tube length that some catheter users may need or prefer.

Female Catheter French Sizes

In catheter sizing, the use of a universal gauge system measures the catheter tube diameter, referred to as a “French size” (Fr). The diameter is taken in millimeters and then multiplied by 3 to result in the French size. For example, if a catheter’s diameter is 5.4 millimeters, the French size is 16.

The color of the catheter’s funnel is a unique feature that helps determine its French size. This universal color-coding system that’s a part of catheter sizing allows you to look at the funnel color to ensure you are using the proper prescribed French size.

Ensuring you get the correct female catheter size will determine how comfortable and efficient your catheterization experience is. Your doctor will play an essential role in this process and help make sure you are getting the right size catheter for your needs.

If your catheter is too short, it will not reach the bladder to drain urine flow sufficiently. If the French size is not wide enough, urine can flow around the tube, causing leakage.

The biggest problem experienced by using a catheter that is too long or wide is pain. Trying to insert a catheter that is slightly larger than the diameter of your urethra will not only be painful but can also be damaging to the tissue.

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How Do You Use Female Catheters?

Surgilube Catheter Lubricant Collect your supplies

You will need the following:

  • A toilet
  • A mirror
  • Anti-bacterial soap and warm water or a moist towelette or personal wipe
  • Water-soluble lubricating jelly
  • Clean catheter

Prepare for insertion

  • Use warm, soapy water to wash your hands and your genital area. You can also use a moist towelette or personal wipe. Remember to always wash from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina.
  • Lubricate the catheter with the water-soluble lubricating jelly.
    • Lubricate 2 to 4 inches of the catheter tip.
    • Place the other end of the catheter over the toilet.

Insertion of the female catheter

  • Spread the labia (the folds at the opening of your vagina). Use a mirror or your index finger to find the urinary tract opening (urethra).
  • Slowly insert the catheter into your urethra. If the catheter is not going in, stop and take a moment to relax. Never force a catheter.
  • Start to empty your bladder.
    • Stop inserting the catheter when urine starts to flow.
    • Slowly remove the catheter when urine stops flowing.

Note: The catheterization process should not hurt or cause sharp pain. If you experience these feelings, remove the catheter and try again.

Caring for Your Female Catheter

Reusing female catheters is not recommended and increases the risk of bladder and kidney infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and urethral damage or scar tissue build-up. Catheters are constructed of a unique porous material that allows bacteria and other residual tissue inside during use. The female catheter is no longer sterile and should not be reused.

Using sterile intermittent female catheters will reduce your risk of infection and urethral damage, and have confidence that your catheter supplies are clean and live a healthier lifestyle.

When to Contact Your Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

  • Burning in the urinary tract or pubic area
  • Bloody (pink or red) or foul-smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Sediment or mucus in the urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever of 100.4°F(38.0°C) or higher, as advised by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Chills

Where to Buy Female Catheters Online

All catheters, regardless of a person’s age or gender, require a prescription from your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your condition, validate your diagnosis, and provide you with a prescription. You can visit the PersonallyDelivered.com site and shop to purchase a wide range of female catheters with that prescription.

Personally Delivered is a leading provider of female catheters. We supply catheters from a wide range of brands from popular catheter manufacturers. It is a top priority of ours to make sure we can accommodate our customers’ diverse needs and preferences by carrying catheter supplies of all types and sizes.

With any questions or concerns about any of the female catheter supplies we offer at Personally Delivered, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

Popular Female Catheters

Cure Ultra Female Catheter

Cure Ultra Straight Female Catheter

Coloplast SpeediCath Compact Catheter Set for Women

Coloplast SpeediCath Compact Catheter Set for Women

GentleCath Hydrophilic Female Catheter

GentleCath Hydrophilic Female Catheter
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Arthritis with an Ostomy: Tips to Help Manage

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Living with an ostomy already has its challenges. However, suffering from arthritis with an ostomy can increase the difficulty of specific tasks such as opening tubes of stoma paste, stiffness when bending over to empty the ostomy appliance, or using scissors for a cut-to-fit ostomy barrier. Having arthritis with an ostomy doesn’t have to mean a total loss of independence. Take a look at some helpful tips for managing these conditions below.

Types of Arthritis & Other Conditions That May Affect Hand Dexterity

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects a person’s immune system and attacks their tissues. The feeling often experienced is a burning pain accompanied by swelling and sometimes stiffness in the joints, particularly in the hands, shoulders, knees, and feet.  Many also report feeling fatigued throughout the day.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Due to the cells’ changes as we age, osteoarthritis develops between the ages of 45-90 years. The cartilage in the fingers and weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, back, and feet are affected. Pain, stiff joints, and swelling are also a symptom of osteoarthritis.

Fibromyalgia

While fibromyalgia is not a type of arthritis, it can co-occur with other types of arthritis. Fibromyalgia is a type of chronic pain syndrome that can cause immense fatigue and pain in muscles, joints, and other soft tissues. It has no known cause or cure at this time. However, research indicates it may be related to genetics (family history), having coexisting conditions such as arthritis or lupus, going through prolonged stress or trauma, or having a viral illness. The pain from fibromyalgia can range from mild to severe and include stiffness, burning, throbbing, or stabbing sensations in the muscles. Fatigue, depression, anxiety, numbness, tingling, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and cystitis have been reported.

Gout

Gout occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints and cause inflammation. The body breaks down proteins, which then form this uric acid. Gout usually affects one joint at a time, especially in the big toes. The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, and elbows are other joints that can be affected.  Common symptoms of gout include pain, warmth, redness, and swelling. Most gout onsets occur quickly and can remain for up to a week if left untreated. Excess alcohol consumption, being overweight, water pills, surgery, or sudden illness are just some of the things that can trigger and aggravate gout.

Reiter’s Syndrome

Reiter’s Syndrome is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection somewhere else in the body. It may be related to intestinal infections such as Salmonella or urinary tract infections. Reiter’s Syndrome’s symptoms can include inflammation of the joints, tendons, eyes, urinary tract, or skin and may involve a rash or fever.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma involves a thickening of the skin on the fingers, arms, and sometimes the face. There are often color changes in the hands from pale blue to red, small calcium deposits that form nodules on the fingertips, and stiffness in the joints with these indicators. Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation can also be other symptoms.

Enteropathic Arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis often accompanies inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Painful, hot, and stiff joints are common symptoms of enteropathic arthritis, and when the gastrointestinal disease goes into remission, the arthritic symptoms go along with it.

Tips if You Have Arthritis with an Ostomy

Arthritis in the Hands

hollister new image two-piece ostomy pouch with integrated closureOpening packets of an ostomy product such as stoma paste, peeling off backing papers, and cutting holes in skin barriers can be challenging for those with arthritis in their hands. Many manufacturers have noticed this problem that those with arthritis and an ostomy face and have made some adjustments to their packaging.

ConvaTec has Moldable Technology that eliminates the need for scissors to customize the hole around the stoma. There is a helpful and informative article at the end of this blog that goes into detail about ConvaTec Moldable Technology. ConvaTec also offers many pre-cut barrier options, such as the ConvaTec Esteem + One-Piece Pre-Cut Closed-End Pouch, which can help.

arthritis compression gloves for those with arthritis with an ostomyMany drainable ostomy bags feature integrated closures instead of clips. The Hollister New Image Pouch has an easy Lock N Roll Microseal closure that is excellent for those with dexterity problems.

Tubes of ostomy paste, such as the Hollister Adapt Paste, come in a soft tube that you can use a credit card or paste dispenser to glide the formula out easily.

Having a pair of arthritis compression gloves can also be very helpful. Not only will they help keep a better grip on items, but these gloves may also help increase circulation and reduce pain.

Arthritis in the Neck and Back

adjustable mirror to aid in changing an ostomy applianceArthritis in the neck and back can cause stiffness, and bending over to view the stoma when changing your appliance may be difficult. A suggestion to help make this a bit easier may be to sit down and lean back somewhere comfortable with a desk or table in front or beside you. Place a mirror on the table and face it down toward your ostomy appliance. A mirror that easily adjusts to all angles would work best.

Stiffness Getting On and Off the Toilet

Railings can be installed around the toilet to help stabilize yourself when emptying your ostomy bag. Another option that might be helpful when getting on and off the toilet and entering and exiting the bathtub is a transfer bench. This adaptive equipment piece works as an added safety feature to allow those with arthritis with an ostomy to take their time when sitting and rising to stand up.

Using Adaptive Equipment and Experiencing Leaks

If you are using a wheelchair or a walker, these types of adaptive equipment require the use of both hands. A leaking ostomy appliance while using one of these kinds of devices requires at least one hand to minimize the leakage. Preparing emergency supplies in a bag attached to the wheelchair or walker can be a possible solution to this problem. Having emergency ostomy supplies around the home can also alleviate some stress knowing that your needed supplies are nearby.

There are many other aids for those who have arthritis with an ostomy and can be found at your local pharmacy. Items such as easy-open pill bottles, grippers to unscrew lids, push-button pill reminder boxes, and more can be beneficial aids. You can reach out to a local occupational therapist or your local hospital for more information about where to find products made to help those with arthritis accomplish tasks more manageable.

Maintaining independence is essential to self-esteem, but remember to ask for help when you need it. The last thing you need when suffering from arthritis with an ostomy is having an accident that can potentially worsen your condition.

For even more information about arthritis, ease of use products, treatments, hundreds of articles, and even a drug guide, visit the Arthritis Foundation. You can even click to find your local area and connect.

For any inquiries about ostomy appliances, adaptive equipment, or any other home delivery medical supplies we carry at Personally Delivered, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help.

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Cancer Screenings: Your Essential Guide

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Cancer screenings can help detect cancer in the early stages or before you begin to have symptoms. By detecting cancer early, you may give yourself a better chance of surviving and thriving. Keeping up with preventive screenings that your doctor recommends is key to catching potential issues such as breast, cervical, prostate, endometrial, and colorectal cancer before they turn into something worse.

Who determines when to get screened?

Created in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve all Americans’ health by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

Task Force members come from a wide array of medical-related fields. That history of experience can be from primary care, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, and nursing. This team rigorously reviews existing peer-reviewed evidence to make recommendations for screenings. This process can help primary care clinicians and patients decide whether a preventive service is right for a patient’s needs.

Cancer Screening Guidelines

The following cancer screening guidelines are for people who have an average risk for cancer. If you have an increased risk due to your family history, you may need screenings earlier or more often. It would be best to speak to your doctor to see what’s right for you.

Breast Cancer Screenings

two women holding pink ribbons showing their support of breast cancer screeningsYearly mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer’s early stages when it is easier to treat. The USPSTF recommends women to get mammograms at the following ages:

Ages 45 to 54: once every year

Ages 55 and older: once every other year

It is important to note that women with a heightened breast cancer risk should ask their doctors about the risks and benefits of an annual MRI and mammogram.

Cervical Cancer Screenings

The Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix, which may turn into cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes. The chance of being cured is very high when the Pap tests find cervical cancer early.

The USPSTF recommends women to get a Pap test at the following ages:

Ages 21 to 29: once every three years

Ages 30 to 65:

  • once every three years
  • an HPV test once every five years
  • or a Pap test and an HPV test once every five years

Women older than 65: Those with normal screenings and who do not have a high risk for cervical cancer may not need screening.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

doctor in a lab testing cancer screening samplesThe American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends people with an average risk for colorectal cancer start regular cancer screenings at age 45. Simultaneously, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advises beginning screening at age 50. Those with an increased risk for colorectal cancer due to family history may need to get cancer screenings at an earlier age.

Discuss with your doctor which of the following tests are recommended by the USPSTF:

Endometrial Cancer Screenings

anatomy of the female uterus when detecting endometrial cancer in cancer screeningsEndometrial cancer forms in the lining of the uterus. By early detection and surgical removal of the uterus, endometrial cancer is often cured. After reaching menopause, women who have abnormal bleeding or spotting should tell their doctors. Your doctor may order cancer screenings to help detect endometrial cancer.

Prostate Cancer Screenings

When men reach the ages of 55 to 69, the USPSTF recommends discussing the potential benefits and risks of prostate cancer screenings with their physicians to help make informed decisions. After the age of 70, the USPSTF advises against men getting screened.

At Personally Delivered, we hope your lifelong health journey never includes a cancer diagnosis. Whatever your age or medical history, maintaining an open and close relationship with your physician will help keep track of your long-term health.

Many of these types of cancers may require the use of catheters, incontinence products, and skin care needs. These may be a temporary need or one that is long-term. We carry a wide array of these home delivery medical supplies and can help you find the ones your doctor recommends that are right for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate Product Experts will help make your purchasing selection as easy as possible.

All recommendations for cancer screenings and more detailed information from the USPSTF can be found directly on their site.

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