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  • suri

cannot thank you enough for finding out about speedicath.
have opted for continuous drainage past 12months, after hydro nephrosis and CKD at around 45.
gps' unfortunately scant awareness re products, even at urology,.i was lucky with the 2 non consultant doctors who dealt with me. ( i am a retired medical dr ,lol)
i,m sure its parauresis some variant of and did not want to be subject to surgery etc.

  • arlowood

The above post is from me (arlowood) the thread originator - I forgot to sign in before posting and it has shown up as a guest entry

  • Anonymous

Saw the consultant today about my BPH issues and also explained my additional difficulties with AP.

His attitude was very supportive. He noted that additional investigation of my prostate problems would usually involve some form of urodynamics testing to look at bladder pressures, urine flow rates and residual volumes post voiding. He said that with my AP problems it would be futile attempting these tests as they had to done under observation.

Ultimately some form of surgical intervention would be the best solution but he left me to ponder on that for a few weeks at least.

In the meantime he introduced me to his nurse practitioner and asked her to arrange a date for me to have training on self-catheterisation. This he suggested would be useful for me to do possibly twice daily to ensure that I as emptying my bladder fully. He thought my enlarged prostate was restricting flow to the extent that there was some residual urine after each urination attempt. I would be much healthier if I could void my bladder at least twice daily. He also agreed that the CIC would give me a safety valve for those occasions when my AP created real problems for travel, entertainment or social events.

All-in-all a very supportive and enlightened encounter and I await eagerly the date for my CIC training

  • andrew

Hi Anon

A catheter enables you to go out and live your life without fear of being caught out.
However our CBT based workshop will turn you around in one weekend (or one day for a virtual workshop), by changing your attitude, and giving you some desensitisation experience that will surprise you by its benefit.


  • andrew

Hi Arlo

Look on our website at the page called “Professionals” and then click on “For General Practitioners”. There you will find three useful articles.
1. One from the Nursing Times explaining what paruresis is.
2. The second from the Professional Nurse magazine is an article about a survey done by nurses and recommending self-catheterisation
3. A clinical article from the website of the Royal Australian College of GPs.


  • Anonymous

Hi Arlowood ,I use the flocath catheters ,they are not the answer to the problem but they are a definite “get you out of jail card”when you are faced with problems like flying or days out with friends and family.They are about 14” long and what I do is pop one inside my sock and up my leg ,the trouser then keeps it hidden and stable so I can walk about with it without anyone knowing.As stated before it is not really painful and you soon get used to it.As for the infection rate being virtually nil,over the years I have had 3 infections caused by it even though the catheter I use the fingers never come into contact with the actual tube,,so I would say that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages but be always aware of hygiene when using them.

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