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Exercise for adults and children with Spina Bifida

Exercise for adults and children with Spina Bifida Exercise is important for people with Spina Bifida because it increases their ability to live an independent, high-quality life. In general, exercise strengthens muscles and bones, helps maintain a healthy mood and weight, and reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.  According to […]

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Sex & Intimacy Tips for Women with Underactive Neurogenic Bladder

Sex & Intimacy Tips for Women with Underactive Neurogenic Bladder Women with underactive neurogenic bladder often struggle with sex and intimacy due to the painful recurrences of UTIs. Unfortunately, urinary retention, long-term catheterization, and sex all increase the risk of UTIs. For women with underactive bladder, the former two are already part of their everyday […]

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5 Common Bladder Irritants to Avoid This Holiday Season

5 Common Bladder Irritants to Avoid This Holiday Season The holiday season is upon us! To keep both you and your bladder cheerful throughout the holidays, learn more about these 5 common bladder irritants.  1. Alcohol, caffeinated and/or carbonated drinks Wine, beer, coffee, Coca-Cola—all of your favorite drinks are unfortunately not your bladder’s favorites. Alcohol […]

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CAUTI Prevention 101

CAUTI Prevention 101 As reported by NHSN, CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection) is the most common type of healthcare-associated infection. It is a serious issue for people who regularly practice intermittent catheterization, and for people who are administered foley catheters during their hospital stays. This article will go over the definition, prevention, and symptoms of […]

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Flying with Intermittent Catheters: Relax After Reading These Must-know Tips

Flying with Intermittent Catheters: Relax After Reading These Must-know Tips Flying with catheters shouldn’t make you nervous, and this article will help you relax by covering everything you need to know: TSA rules on catheter, taking catheters through airport security, what goes into a travel catheter kit, safe and hygienic catheterization practices on the plane, […]

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5 Tips to Drink More Water

5 Tips to Drink More Water When self-catheterizing, it is crucial to stay adequately hydrated for optimal body functioning and lower rates of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Doctors recommend two to three liters of water a day, though most people drink much less.  We understand that drinking enough water can be hard to remember, which […]

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How to Reimburse Intermittent Catheters with Insurance

How to Reimburse Intermittent Catheters with Insurance There are two main ways to get your intermittent catheters reimbursed—through Medicare or private insurance. Insurance coverage of catheters and supplies varies with each person’s plan, whether private or government-sponsored. To get reimbursement, doctors must provide a prescription since catheters are not sold over-the-counter or for self-diagnosis and […]

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5 Tips for Good Bladder Health

A Healthy Bladder is a Happy Bladder It’s important to maintain good bladder health as it plays a key role in the functioning of your body. The bladder is a collapsible muscular pouch that sits behind the pubic bone in the lower pelvis. It is connected to the kidneys with a tubes called ureters. It […]

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Urinary Catheter Types and Sizes

Urinary Catheter Types and Sizes There are three main types of urinary catheters—intermittent catheters, indwelling catheters, and external catheters. A urinary catheter’s size is determined by the girth of the catheter, which is measured on the french scale.  This article will help you understand the different types of catheters and figure out what your catheter […]

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The History of the Urinary Catheter

The History of the Urinary Catheter Since the late 20th century, the word “catheter” has taken the world by storm. It revolutionized the way people suffering from a plethora of conditions have lived their lives and established itself as a multi-billion dollar industry. Because of this industry’s recent ascension to the international market, many think […]

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Straight vs Coudé Catheters

Straight and Coudé Catheters One step in finding the right catheter for you is deciding between straight and coudé catheters. Depending on your body, one may work better for you than the other. It’s important to note that the tip is the only difference between the two, which is either straight or curved (coudé) on […]

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Top 5 Healthy Self-Catheterization Tips

Top 5 Healthy Self-Catheterization Tips Clean self intermittent catheterization is regularly practiced by people with urinary retention, neurogenic bladder, or have undergone urinary diversion surgeries.  Although intermittent catheters give people with bladder dysfunctions greater mobility and independence, it is still associated with complications such as CAUTI (catheter-associated UTI), hematuria, and urethral stricture.  To help you […]

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7 Ways To Prevent CAUTIs When Traveling

7 Ways to Prevent CAUTIs While Traveling Traveling can be stressful for those who regularly self-catheterize. What if you can’t find bathrooms and hand-washing stations? What if you get a CAUTI (catheter-associated UTI) on the road and can’t access medical care quickly? This article talks about 6 ways to prevent CAUTI while traveling for people who use […]

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