Self catheterization - female

Clean intermittent catheterization - female; CIC - female; Self-intermittent catheterization

Bladder catheterization, female

A catheter (a hollow tube, often with an inflatable balloon tip) may be inserted into the urinary bladder when there is a urinary obstruction, following surgical procedures to the urethra, in unconscious patients (due to surgical anesthesia, coma, or other reasons), or for any other problem in which the bladder needs to be kept empty (decompressed) and urinary flow assured. The balloon holds the catheter in place for a duration of time.

What to Expect at Home

Using Your Catheter

Cleaning Your Catheter

When to Call the Doctor