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This is what you’ll need:
Soap and warm water, or a moist towelette
Water-soluble lubricating jelly (not petroleum jelly)
Toilet or basin
Self-catheterization helps you empty your bladder if it doesn’t empty by itself. It also helps if your bladder doesn’t empty all the way. Follow the steps below.
First wash your hands and your penis. Use warm soapy water or a moist towelette.
Lubricate 2–4 inches of the catheter tip. Place the other end in the toilet or basin.
Grasp the tip of your penis. Hold it up and out at a 45° angle to your stomach.
Slowly insert the catheter into your urethra. If it doesn’t go in, take a deep breath and bear down as if to trying to urinate. If you feel a sharp pain, remove the catheter and try again.
When the urine starts flowing, stop inserting. Lower the angle of your penis.
When the urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter.
Wash the catheter in mild soap and water.
Rinse it well. Run water through it. Then let it air-dry.
Wash your hands. If you use a basin, wash it out.