Below we have created a step-by-step guide for women who are performing ISC procedure, to help them empty their bladder in their own surroundings and support them in their everyday life.

Female Catheterisation Procedure

This information is a guide and you will be supervised when performing ISC for the first time.

Step 1

  • Ensure you have washed your hands and genital area.

Step 2

  • Prepare your catheter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3

  • Adopt the position you have chosen that allows you to comfortably catheterise and hold the catheter with your ‘dominant’ hand (usually the hand you write with).

Step 4

  • Part the labia with the other hand and identify the opening of the urethra.

Step 5

  • Gently insert the catheter into the urethra aiming upwards and backwards. The catheter will need to be inserted about five to eight centimetres. You will know it is in far enough when urine starts to drain from the catheter.

Step 6

  • Once urine flows make sure to hold the catheter in this position until the flow of urine has completely stopped. The urine can be drained into the toilet, a container or into a collection bag if one is supplied with your catheter.

Step 7

  • Once the flow has stopped, gently and slowly withdraw the catheter. You may notice a slight trickle of urine whilst withdrawing the catheter, this is quite normal.

Step 8

  • Dispose of the catheter using the provided disposal bag.

Important: Remember, catheters must not be flushed down the toilet.

Step 9

  • Wash your hands.
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