Many women struggle for years to find a solution to their bladder problems, without success. One method that is sometimes overlooked, or even avoided, is intermittent catheterization (CIC). CIC might be a good solution to many of these problems but women sometimes feel a bit resistant to CIC. With that said – when you have overcome the barriers, it’s likely that you have found the solution to your bladder problems.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Anatomy and positioning
To be frank, for a woman it’s not that easy to see where to enter the catheter, and you probably need a little bit more support during the start period.
For many women, just the thought of going out without knowing if you will find an accessible bathroom, is enough to stay home. Some women even drink less, to limit their visits to the toilet (don’t do that).
Yet another piece to fit in
For some it seems messy and time-consuming and yet another thing to consider in the “life puzzle”, hindering social life and relationships.
Fear of concept
Many women experience feelings of shame, loss of dignity and low self-esteem when they can’t urinate the normal way. Some think CIC seems invasive and painful, takes their femininity away and is connected to old people.
These fears are perfectly normal, but not always addressed by your healthcare professionals. If you recognize yourself in the above, please take the opportunity to discuss it on your next doctor’s appointment.
How to overcome barriers
Give it an honest chance
Your dedication will ensure the outcome!
Choose your catheter carefully
Make sure to do a conscious catheter choice by evaluating different options. It’s very important to find a catheter that fits your needs.
Tailored to you
The whole treatment solution should fit into your everyday life. Otherwise it is hard to make it work.
A good start
A good start is crucial in succeeding with intermittent catheterization. Demand good support from your healthcare provider and expect the most out of your catheter.