Self catherisation

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hi, i had cystoscopy earlier this year which showed no abnormality and was told everything was ok,

i went to a routine check up last week

and not listening to what i as a patient had to say, i was told that i should have been shown how to self catherisation!!! has anybody haf to do this?? can someone please tell me s bit more on this please. does it hurt, how often do u have to do this, is there any clinics that do this??

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    Hi - As I don't know whether you are male or female, my experience may not be relevant. I understand that for females it is a bit more awkward because of the need for a mirror to see what you are doing!

    I am a 78 year old male and have been using self catheterisation every time I urinate for the past ten years or so - about 4 or 5 times a day. It is very simple and no bother, and not painful, but you do need to know what you are doing. You should have had a chance to be shown how to do this under medical supervision, though the instructions with the catheters are clear enough.

    Did your doctor explain why you have to do this? I just have a floppy bladder, but if you need it for a different reason, such as an obstruction or infection, there may be other advice and warnings you should have.

    Let me know if there are specific problems on which you would like me to share experience, but I am not a doctor.

    Good luck

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