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Discretion paramount for catheter users

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A survey shows that 6 out of 10 male users of catheters rank discretion as the number one feature they look for in a product.

The survey primarily questioned men living with spinal cord injury.

Four out of ten men, 41%, said they initially feared catheter insertion, with six out of ten men, 61%, highlighting discretion in terms of space as key.

One in three men, 32%, said that they never talk to anyone about the fact that they catheterise themselves and the same number said they felt inhibited in their sex life.

Another one in five men even said they felt less accepted by society, family and friends, because of their use of catheters.

Daphne Colpham, urology nurse consultant at Epsom and St Helier University hospitals, says: “Catheter users often feel embarrassed about their bladder management. People living with SCI have many other medical concerns to deal with and they do not want to advertise their bladder management routines. Just like you and me, they want to go to the bathroom discreetly and privately. When this is not possible due to impractical products, it can lead to isolation, feeling less masculine and sometimes risk infection.”

Coloplast® has today launched the most compact catheter on the market to meet this demand: SpeediCath Compact Male® – a new extendable catheter is just half the size while still inside the packaging.

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