Why do I have to cath?

There is a long, long list of reasons why your health care professional might prescribe the use of an intermittent catheter. Pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, diabetes, urine retention, prostate tumour, benign prostatic hyperplasia, bladder exstrophy, fowlers syndrome and spina bifida are just some of the conditions that may result in your healthcare professional prescribing the use of an intermittent catheter. Intermittent catheters may also be recommended to help take back control from urinary incontinence.

Fundamentally, each of these conditions may mean there is something affecting how the bladder sphincter or detrusor muscle (the bladder wall) function. Meaning your body may need a little help to drain urine.

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