I've recently started self-cathing and discovering there are many details that the nurse never covered when instructing me. I would love any tips from experienced intermittent self-catheters out there. I have to cath multiple times a day and already have had several UTIs.
1) Tips on staying sanitary in nasty public bathrooms, including outhouses that don't have running water?
2) How to keep things clean while cathing when I am menstruating period? (I don't want to have a tampon in for my entire cycle but it is hard to get clean. Menstrual blood always ends up dropping down unexpectedly- sorry to be so graphic. But it's true.)
3) Tips for caths getting clogged? Sometimes the cath will stop mid stream- I take it out and put in a new one and sure enough there's lots there. Sometimes there's gunk in the cath, but often there's nothing there. It's like there's an air bubble or something. This is not only a pain, but it's getting expensive! (Because of the frequent infections I've been told by my doc to use a new cath every time.)
Thank you so much for your help.