Drink about 1.5 Litres of fluid a day. This helps to keep you bladder clean and infection free.
Never force the catheter. Sometimes you may feel some resistance while introducing the catheter. This could be due to;
– The need for more lubricant.
– The sphincter muscles at the base of the bladder spasming. If so, take some deep breaths, relax and try again.
Take notice of your urine. Is it cloudy or offensive in odour? Do you experience pain or burning while inserting the catheter? Do you have a fever or feel unwell? If so, you may have a bladder infection and you should contact your doctor.
If no urine comes out, make sure the catheter is in the right place and in far enough. If there is still no urine flow, gently pull the catheter back a short distance. If still no urine drains, contact your doctor.
Occasionally you may see blood in the urine or on the catheter. There is no need for concern if it is only a few spots. If bleeding persists or increases, you will need to speak to your doctor.