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Cathing is uncomfortable. Is this normal?

There will be an adjustment period when you first start to self-catheterize. The time frame for a person to “desensitize” their urethral sensitivity, can vary for each person from a few days to a few weeks or possibly longer. You may experience a burning or stinging sensation when first using intermittent catheters as the urethra becomes used to the friction and movement of the catheter. It is also important to follow the prescribed cathing routine you and your doctor discuss. 

Consult your healthcare professional if complications persist.

Learn more about finding the right catheter size for you.

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