As we’ve established, Paruresis is a form of social anxiety disorder and therefore the actual cure lies in the mind. This is why we’re questioning if self-catheterization should actually be a cure or simply an option to resolve extreme symptoms. So, let’s look at exactly what it is and how it can help.
What Are Catheters
Catheters are thin tubes made of highly flexible plastic or rubber which can be inserted into the urethra and pushed up to the bladder. Sounds horrible I know but actually, when you get the hang of it and with a little practice, it’s not actually that uncomfortable.
Why Catheters For Shy Bladder
Quite simply they are a virtually guaranteed way to empty the bladder if you find it impossible to pee. They are discrete, temporary, can be inserted quickly and can be used by both men and women.
What Type Of Catheter Is Used
Paruretic tend to use catheters which perform clean-intermittent-catheterization – known as CIC for short. As opposed to the Foley type catheters which have an inflatable balloon to hold them in place for a longer period of time, a CIC catheter is just a straightforward thin tube that’s intended to be inserted when needed, held in place whilst the bladder empty’s and then immediately removed.
There are different size catheters but the default diameter is 12 Fr for plastic catheters and 14 Fr for rubber. There are a few that don’t need lubrication but most will require a sterile water soluble lubricating jelly. You can buy this in small sterile sachets. Follow the instructions provided with each brand of catheter.
There are many different brands and types. They all do the same job and it’s going to be trial and error to find what you like the best. We suggest you talk to your doctor, read the reviews and some of the forums to gauge opinion before trying a few out.