Can I use a catheter to help control overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Intermittent self-catheterization may be a solution for overactive bladder symptoms. The procedure is considered safe, and it can help bladder control problems. It works by inserting a catheter (tube) through your own urethra into your bladder to drain urine. Using a catheter completely empties the bladder. Intermittent self-catheterization can protect your kidneys from infection and damage. It also can reduce the risk of stretching the bladder. And, it can be used occasionally. That means you will not have to use a catheter for extended periods of time.

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