Using an intermittent catheter will not deteriorate your condition or cause you to need a permanent, or indwelling catheter. In fact, it can help keep your bladder healthy, preventing stretching or further damage and is often an alternative to a permanent fixture.
It is important to know, that if you do not self-catheterize per the guidance from your doctor, you may find that you start to leak urine when your bladder becomes too full. There may also be more complex challenges which require physician intervention. Choosing not to self- catheterize means you're leaving urine in your bladder for a long period of time, which can lead to a distended bladder or a urinary tract infection.