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Re: Self Cathetering

I'm at the 12th time with the coude catheter and I'm finding that getting into the bladder is harder to do. When the catheter gets there I have to press a little harder to enter. This sounds normal to me but does it ever get better or worst?? Any info in this regard would be appreciated.

Re: Self Cathetering

I need help, I'm 3 weeks into this and it's going better but, I still feel the catheter going all the way and it's a little scratcy. I have to empty my bladder every 4 to 6 hours depending how much I drink. My immediate questions are, will the sensitivity get less and will the frequency to empty get to a longer peroid of time. Or is this the way it will be.
Any help or suggestions will be most appreciated.

Re: Self Cathetering

I must be the only guy self cathetering, please somebody must be doing it or know of someone.

Re: Self Cathetering


There is not a huge amount of ‘traffic’ on this site – as you can see, only 160 people at the most have read your thread. Can I suggest two things:

1. you join one of the larger Lists – if you go to Resources on the Yana site and page down you’ll find a link to a page giving a number of Lists. The two I think are really good are PPML, which has a membership of about 1,300 and Prostate Cancer Support, which has about 800. So posting a message there gets to about 2,000 people.
2. The second thing would be to contact Eric Sondeen – read his story at and you will see that he has a lot of experience at self catheterisation.

Good luck

Terry in Australia

Re: Self Cathetering

Thanks Terry

Re: Self Catheterizing

My update is that after 7+ months the procedure has become quite routine. I do it on average 3 times per day and on occision I feel a little scratch from time to time but, mostly it's painless. I have had 2 UTI durning that time, don't know why, it just happened.With the Flomax and Avodart my prostate has reduced in size but,complete voiding on my own is not happening. Seeds will have been in for a year in October. I'm retaining less urnine in my bladder but, still need to do the trick myself as stated above.