How do I cath in a public restroom?

Catheter users may often find this is the biggest challenge they face, from a practical perspective, but also psychologically – worrying about people hearing the noise of a pack being opened, thinking you take a noticeably longer period amount of time or being concerned about different noises or smells coming from your toilet partition. However, it can also be the most liberating step as a catheter user when you do this for the first time.

Make sure you have your catheters packed when you go out, along with any accessory items you typically use as part of your cathing routine. Then aim to use the same cathing technique that you have at home – perhaps taking a bag to hang on the door as a replacement shelf, if this is important for your approach.

And lastly, relax, don’t worry about noises or smells related to what you’re doing – other people in the restroom are likely focused on what they’re doing themselves.

Adjusting to cathing can be tough. You might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical and emotional challenges. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Call and talk to a member of the me+ support team today. Call 1-800-422-8811 (M-F, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM ET).


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