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A good intermittent catheterization routine helps you to do the things you enjoy





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Not only does intermittent catheterization help you maintain a healthy bladder by minimizing the risk of short- and long-term complications, but it also has many other benefits. Intermittent catheterization (IC) enables you to have control over your bladder management routine-including when and where you empty your bladder. This offers you more independence and confidence because you - not someone else – can manage your bladder.

Throughout Coloplast Care, you will encounter stories from people enjoying activities such as:

  • Traveling
  • Movies, theaters, concerts and sports games
  • Shopping
  • Camping or hiking
  • Exercising or swimming

This is all possible mainly because IC allows you to manage your bladder at the time and the place that fits your lifestyle. Overall, IC can improve your ability to gain more control over your daily routine and activities.

The flexibility to start going out

Mastering IC offers you more independence and freedom in your daily life and the ability to schedule more social activities. Once you have mastered an IC routine, you can feel more confident going out with your friends without having to worry about having a bladder accident. If you are going out for a long time, you need to think ahead and plan exactly when you will catheterize throughout the day. Always bring extra catheters when you leave your house. Some people choose to use a different catheter when they’re away from home, such as one with an attached drainage bag or one that is more compact for discretion and ease of use. 



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Performing IC is a step toward more freedom when it comes to sports, because you can be active without the fear of leaking. If you stick to your IC schedule, you can engage in whatever activity your physical condition allows you to. Once you form a good routine, IC only takes a few minutes, so even if you have to empty your bladder during sports, you will not be gone any longer than anyone else who has to use the bathroom. 

For sports and an active lifestyle, we recommend a Compact solution.

The confidence to enjoy an active sex life

Intermittent catheterization very rarely interferes with sexual activity. On the contrary, catheterizing yourself and emptying your bladder completely before having sex will prevent leakage during the act.

The only thing you need to consider is that IC does not allow you to be completely spontaneous; always take the time to empty your bladder before hitting the sheets. 

These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.



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