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How do you use a female catheter?

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According to MedlinePlus, a female catheter is used to drain urine from the bladder when health problems cause difficulties with normal urination. Using a catheter involves cleaning the labia area, inserting the catheter, removing the catheter and then cleaning the area again. The catheter can be inserted while sitting on the toilet to allow the urine to drain into the toilet if desired.

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MedlinePlus states that before using a catheter the patient needs to wash her hands and get all of the supplies ready. These include a clean or sterile catheter prescribed by her physician, a water-based personal lubricant and moist cleaning wipes. Next, the patient pulls the labia apart and locates the urinary opening. Then, the labia are washed with the moist wipes three times from front to back using a clean wipe each time, once in the middle and once on each side.

MedlinePlus recommends that after cleaning the patient lubricates the end of the catheter with the water-based gel. Some catheters come pre-lubricated making this step unnecessary. Then, the patient gently pushes the lubricated end of the catheter into the urinary opening until urine flows. When the bladder is empty, the patient pinches the end of the catheter to avoid spills and gently removes it from the body. The final step is cleaning the labia one final time with a moist wipe.

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