When it comes to managing various medical conditions, catheters play a crucial role in facilitating essential bodily functions. At Active Life Medical, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive information about different types of catheters, their materials, sizes, and tips to empower individuals in making informed decisions about their healthcare.


Materials Used in Catheters:

Catheters are crafted from various materials, each with its unique properties to suit different medical requirements. The primary materials include:

1. Latex: Known for its flexibility, latex catheters are commonly used. However, individuals with latex allergies should opt for alternatives.

2. Silicone: Silicone catheters offer a softer and more comfortable option, making them suitable for long-term use.

3. Polyurethane: Catheters made from polyurethane are durable and resist kinking, making them an excellent choice for intermittent catheterization.

Three Common Types of Intermittent Catheters: 

1. Straight Tip Intermittent Catheters: The most common type, suitable for users who can manage their catheterization independently.


2. Coude Tip Intermittent Catheters: Specifically designed for individuals with difficulties navigating the urethra, such as those with prostate enlargement.


3. Hydrophilic-Coated Catheters: These catheters have a slippery coating activated by water, ensuring smoother insertion and reducing friction.


French Sizes and Lengths:

Understanding the French size and length of catheters is crucial for ensuring a proper fit. The French size refers to the diameter of the catheter, and lengths vary based on individual needs. Common French sizes range from 8Fr to 24Fr, with smaller sizes suitable for pediatric patients and larger sizes for adults.


Types of Catheter Insertion Tips: 

Catheters come with different insertion tips designed to meet specific needs. Two common types include:

1. Straight Tip: Suitable for straightforward insertion, straight-tip catheters are commonly used for intermittent catheterization.


2. Coude Tip (or Council Tip): This type features a curved or bent tip, making it ideal for individuals with anatomical challenges, such as an enlarged prostate.


Contact Active Life Medical:

At Active Life Medical, we prioritize your health and comfort. If you have any questions or need assistance in selecting the right catheter for your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call us at (800) 319-2336 or use our convenient contact form on our website.

Understanding the basics of different types of catheters, their materials, sizes, and insertion tips empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare. At Active Life Medical, we are committed to providing high-quality catheters and personalized support to enhance your overall well-being.