It can take quite a bit of trial and error to find an intermittent catheter that reduces the likelihood of infection and works with your lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a wide variety to choose from, especially with recent advances in medical technology.
You may want to try catheters made from different kinds of materials, that come with or without funnel ends, or are already pre-hydrated. Depending on your situation, your doctor may advise that you use a coude tip catheter, as opposed to a straight tip.
Whether you’re new to using catheters, or if you’re looking to make a change, the right catheter is out there for you. We’ve compiled this list of 10 of the most popular catheters out there to help you get started.
Non-lubricated intermittent catheters
These kinds of catheters are made from a variety of materials. When selecting from these catheters, look at the materials and kinds of tips to find the one that’s best for you.
All Cure Medical catheters are made without DEHP and BPA. As an added bonus, Cure Medical donates 10% of their profits to spinal cord injury and central nervous system research.
This latex-free catheter comes with funnel ends and eyelets at the tip to aid with insertion and removal.
This catheter is also latex-free, but you have the option of ordering them with or without funnel ends.
Made from 100% silicone, this catheter’s soft construction makes it easy to use while minimizing the potential for trauma. It’s also not affected by the weather — it remains flexible in high or low temperatures, so it’s always ready to use.
Made with fire-polished eyelets that are gentle for the urethra, this catheter is latex-free.
Unique non-lubricated catheters
These catheters have some unique features that may help address your particular concerns.
Made to fit discreetly in a pants pocket, this catheter helps you stay on top of your routine, even while you’re on the go.
This catheter is made with a unique composite of 3 silicone layers. The 3 layers work together to maximize comfort and effectiveness while minimizing abrasiveness.
Pre-hydrated/hydrophilic intermittent catheters
Pre-hydrated catheters are the latest trend in catheter innovation. They come with a slippery coating that makes them easier to insert and reduces pain and trauma to the urethra.
VaPro catheters come with an integrated protective sleeve and protective tip, which allows for no-touch catheterization — the only catheter on the market to do so. They’re also pre-hydrated and ready to use right from the package.
SpeediCath is designed to be simple, quick and easy to use. Because it comes pre-hydrated and ready to use, there’s no need to wait for it to hydrate.