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Where Can I Buy a Catheter?

Where Can I Buy a Catheter?

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Have you recently been prescribed catheters and are now wondering, “Where can I buy a catheter?” It can feel a little confusing and overwhelming when you have a new medical situation that requires specialized medical products. This is where Active Life Medical can help.


Where Can I Buy a Catheter?

If you need catheters and are searching for where you can buy a catheter, you’ve found the right supplier. Active Life Medical is your one-stop-shop for all things catheter related. We strive to make it easy for catheter users to get the supplies they’re prescribed, when they need them, and billed directly to their insurance. 

When you choose Active life Medical for your catheter supplies, you get a partner for all of your catheter supply needs:

  • Knowledgeable Customer Service: Our customer service representatives have years of experience dealing with catheters and medical supplies. They are standing by to help you with all of your catheter-related questions and to help ensure that you get the correct supplies you need, when you need them. 
  • Experienced Insurance Billing: When you need catheter supplies, it’s essential that they’re billed to your insurance correctly. The insurance specialists at Active Life Medical can coordinate all paperwork required with your healthcare team and we’ll bill your insurance directly.
  • Discreet Delivery to Your Home: You never need to come into the store to coordinate obtaining your catheter supplies. Active Life Medical makes it easier to buy a catheter and have it shipped quickly and discreetly directly to your doorstep, without you ever needing to leave home.
  • Name Brand Catheters: We feature all of the name brand catheters you know and trust. When you get choose Active Life Medical for your catheter supply, you can get the catheters you know, trust, and are comfortable with.

The Active Life Medical Difference

So, what sets Active Life Medical apart from our competitors? When you use us for your catheter supplies, you’re sure to see the difference. We strive to offer our customers a reliable option that they can depend on. We guarantee that:

  • We’ll always work closely with you and your medical team to obtain the catheter supplies you need, when you need them.
  • We’ll work hard as a liaison between you and your insurance company to ensure correct, accurate, and timely billing.
  • You’ll never need to wonder where your supplies are – we deliver your catheter supplies on time and on your schedule.
  • We stand behind the our catheter supplies and will always ensure you are only provided quality catheters in direct accordance with your prescription.
  • We’ll remain flexible as your needs change. We understand that your supply needs may change from time to time. Active Life Medical will work with you and your doctors to ensure any changes and needs are always accommodated. 
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Why Are Catheters Prescribed?

All catheters require a prescription and must be for a qualifying medical condition. But, why do physicians, urologists, and healthcare providers prescribe urinary catheters?

Various medical factors and conditions can lead to the use of a catheters, but some of the most common reasons you need to buy a catheter can include, but are not limited to:

  • False urethral or stoma passages
  • Pelvic radiation
  • History of prostate surgery
  • History of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • History of urethral traumas
  • Atrophic vagina in females
  • Cognitive decline
When urinary catheters are used as a result of the conditions mentioned above, it’s almost always to resolve urinary incontinence, urinary retention, or uncontrolled urination.

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Where Can I Buy the Catheter that I Have Just Been Prescribed?

Just as there are many different reasons catheters are prescribed, there are also quite a few different types of catheter styles. Active Life Medical can help you with any of the catheter styles you have been prescribed, including: 

  • Male External Catheters: Also known as condom catheters, male external catheters are latex or silicone and fit over the shaft of the penis.
  • Intermittent Catheters: Intermittent catheters are also known as “in-and-out catheters.” This catheter type is single use and inserts directly into the urethra for bladder drainage.
  • Foley Catheters: Foley catheters are flexible tubes that are placed by medical professionals into a patients bladder and left there to continue with drainage efforts. 
  • Hydrophilic Catheters: This form of catheter style is part of the intermittent catheter family. Hydrophilic catheters are pre-lubricated and individually packaged.
  • Closed System Catheters: Closed system catheters are like an all-in-one solution for catheterization. This type of intermittent catheter is pre-attached to tubing and drainage bags for easy use and placement.

We can also help with catheter supplies and accessories, such as:

  • Catheter Kits: Catheter kits include everything you need for catheterization. These kits can feature graduated trays, gloves, antiseptic, catheters, drainage bags, tubing, lubricant, gauze, and more. 
  • Lubricant: Lubricant must be used with each internal catherization to reduce friction and help prevent tearing. 
  • Leg Bags: Leg bags are strapped to the users leg for drainage purposes. 
  • Bed Bags: Bed bags are larger drainage bags that can be used overnight to hold larger amounts of urine.
  • Gloves: Caregivers and users often use gloves during catheter changes to promote cleanliness and reduce bacterial infection.
  • Antiseptic or Sterile Solutions: It’s important to keep catheterized areas clean at all times to prevent infection; antiseptic or sterile swabs can help.
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Different Catheter Sizes

Different catheter and tubing sizes are available to accommodate different anatomical needs and medical diagnoses. It’s important that you know what size you need before you buy a catheter; your physician will be able to help with this.

Insertion lengths usually follow this structure: 

  • Men: Generally 16″ in length
  • Woman: Usually shorter in length between 6-8 inches due to shorter urethra
  • Children: Can range from 10-12 inches in length
Tubing sizes are measured slightly differently; catheter tubes are sized using the universal French sizing system.

French catheter sizes are as follows:

  • 6 Fr
  • 8 Fr
  • 10 Fr
  • 12 Fr
  • 14 Fr
  • 16 Fr
  • 18 Fr
  • 20 Fr
  • 22 Fr

What Kind of Catheter Do I Need?

Your physician or healthcare professional will be able to best determine the size and style of catheter that best meets your needs. Once you’ve been prescribed the appropriate catheter for your needs and are ready to buy a catheter, Active Life Medical can help. Give us a call today at 800-319-2336 and let’s get started.