Intermittent Catheters2019-07-11T17:42:22+00:00

Intermittent Catheters

Intermittent catheters, or short-term catheters, are used at various times throughout the day to help empty your bladder periodically. This disposable catheter type is replaced after each use, helping to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Instead of being worn for an entire day, intermittent catheters are only inserted at designated urination times and can be disposed of after use; they are often used 4 to 6 times a day. Intermittent catheters eliminate the need for you to continuously wear a drainage bag and allow for a more active and freeing lifestyle.

Straight Catheters feature a simple straight design with holes or eyelets that allow urine to empty directly into the toilet. Straight catheters are often considered the original catheters because the technology used has remained relatively stable since the initial creation. Some straight catheters are pre-lubricated, while others need to be manually lubricated prior to insertion. These disposable single use catheters are available pre-lubricated and feature a easy-to-use design.

Coude Tip Catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that are curved towards the end. Coude (coo-day) is a French word that means bend or elbow.  The unique curved ends of coude tip catheters help you to easily guide past tight spots, blockages, or enlarged prostates in your urethra.

At the end of these catheters are small holes, or eyelets, that are designed to allow urine to pass through the catheter into the toilet. Like other intermittent catheters, coude tip catheters are single-use and should be inserted and removed throughout the day when your bladder is emptied.

Closed System Catheters are a type of intermittent catheter that offers easy catheterization almost anywhere and are ideal for patients in wheelchairs, pediatric patients, and many other patient groups. The unique design of closed system catheters means there is a low risk of infection and bacteria build up. These catheters are very popular for their ease-of-use and discretion.

Hydrophilic Catheters feature a smooth, lubricated coating providing you with a comfortable insertion and removal process. The smooth, lubricated coating of a hydrophilic catheter give you an easy and comfortable insertion and removal process. Prior to use, you need only to soak the hydrophilic catheter in water. The water activates the coating and allows for a smooth insertion process. Unlike conventional catheters, the water stays on the hydrophilic catheter even after it is inserted, making the removal process just as easy. The mess-free nature of these catheters results in higher compliance percentages among patients practicing catheterization. Like all intermittent catheters, hydrophilic catheters are single-use and are designed to be changed at various times throughout the day.

Antibacterial Catheters are one of the newest types of intermittent catheters available. These catheters are coated with nitrofurazone, an antibacterial agent that helps prevent the occurrence of urinary tract infections. We offer antibacterial catheters from Hollister, Bard, MTG, and Coloplast. Learn more about using antibacterial catheters and how we can help you find a catheter that meets your needs.


You may be eligible to receive your catheter supplies at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. Medicare and Medicaid may pay for an allowable amount of your catheter supplies each month. North Carolina Medicaid patients are eligible to receive up to 200 intermittent catheters each month, with Medicare and most private insurances following suit.

To find out if you qualify for straight catheters through your insurance, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our friendly Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and catheter options.

If you or someone you know needs intermittent catheter supplies, Aeroflow Healthcare is happy to help you get exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 844-276-5588.

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“I just received my new catheters and couldn’t be happier! Aeroflow’s customer service representative really went above and beyond to make sure the process was quick and easy.”