"I am not technically a virgin if I use intermittent catheters."

Using intermittent catheters is not related to losing your virginity. Remember, the reasons for using intermittent catheters can vary, but fundamentally, it means your body may need a little help to drain urine. The urinary system, made up of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra, is responsible for draining waste in your body which is eventually eliminated as urine.

For men, the urethra is part of both the urinary system and reproductive system. However, the self-cathing process is separate from sexual intercourse with a partner.

For women, the urethra is only part of the urinary system. The female urethra is separate from the reproductive system, which includes the hymen and vagina. Regardless of how you define losing your virginity, intermittent catheters are only to be inserted into the urethra. It is important to understand the proper use of intermittent catheters to ensure your are draining your bladder properly and to help reduce the risk of infections. 

Learn more about how to find your urethra

Visit our Infection Assistance Center for everything you need to know about Urinary Tract Infections as an intermittent catheter user

Call us at 1-800-465-6302, Monday–Friday 8m–6pm EST. Our dedicated nurses are on hand with answers, advice and information – or simply for a reassuring chat.