Why You Might Need Intermittent Catheterization

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A guide to some of the conditions that could require you to intermittent catheterization. 

The reason you might require intermittent catheterization may vary. Generally, bladder/urinary issues fall into two categories: neurogenic (nerve-related) or non-neurogenic. 

Within those two categories, the type of bladder control you have will fall into two camps—urinary incontinence (leaking) or urinary retention (a situation where you are unable to completely empty your bladder). 

Below is our guide to the conditions that might require intermittent catheterization. 

Neurogenic: Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is perhaps the most important bundle of nerves in your body. Extending from your brain and branching out, it’s responsible for sending info to the rest of your body. Trauma to your spinal cord could temporarily or permanently impair the connections needed for your bladder to function. 

Neurogenic: Spina Bifida

Present at birth, spina bifida is a developmental defect of the spinal column. Latin for “split or open spine,” the spinal nerves are exposed to some degree. In severe cases, patients might have vertebrae that are not fully formed or may have large gaps between each bone. Patients may face imparied mobility as well as bladder and bowel function. 

Neurogenic: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The degenerative disease is the most common cause of neurological disability for young adults and affects one in 800 people across Europe and North America. The cause is unclear, though it’s most likely a combination of genetics and environmental factors. As the disease progresses, myelin, the protective coating around the nerve cells, is destroyed. This disrupts the messages those nerve cells are attempting to send, therefore interfering with a wide range of bodily functions, including bladder control. 

Non-Neurogenic: BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is more commonly known as an enlarged prostate. Men diagnosed with BPH may see their condition worsen as the prostate grows. This condition often happens as patients age or could be caused by prostate cancer. 

Additional conditions that could cause bladder control problems could be diabetes, strokes, bladder cancer or other prostate problems. No matter the cause, clean intermittent catheterization offers a safe method of emptying your bladder—and we can help you find the right catheter for you. 

At Medipply, our mission is to make buying and using catheters easier. Find out how we make the process of purchasing catheters and supplies more transparent. In a few easy steps, we can help you purchase catheters with insurance, connect you with the providers you prefer, and streamline the process of getting the medical supplies you need. Have questions? Check out our list of frequently asked questions and learn about how Medipply can help.

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