What are the steps when performing CISC for girls?

Clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC) for girls is done as follows:

  • Gather everything needed.
  • Wash hands with soap and water before starting. Otherwise germs can get in and cause an infection.
  • Wash carefully around where urine comes out. Always remember to wash from front to back.
  • Use the first two fingers of one hand to separate the labia. The labia is the skin that covers the area where urine comes out. Doing this makes it easier to see the small hole or meatus where the catheter needs to go. The hole is at the beginning of the urethra and leads to the bladder. When girls start doing CISC, they sometimes use a mirror to help find the hole.
  • With the other hand, gently slide the rounded tip of the catheter into the hole. After a while, you will know exactly where to put the catheter and probably won’t need the mirror.
  • Keep sliding the catheter in until urine appears. This means it’s in the bladder.
  • When urine stops coming out, pull back the catheter a little to see if any more comes. When it stops completely, slowly and gently pull the catheter all the way out. Once it’s out, throw it away and wash your hands again.

Doing CISC regularly and washing hands every time helps keep infections away. Infections can make you sick, as well as making you wet between catheterizations. Drinking plenty of water is important, too.
Setting an alarm on a watch, phone or computer can be a useful way of reminding you to do CISC regularly.

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