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infection risk with vs without self-catheterization

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my urologist says I need to start self-catheterizing because my weak (hypotonic) bladder is retaining ten times more urine than it should (300 cc) and puts me at risk of a UTI, which could harm my kidneys. Which sounds reasonable. BUT, one source I found said that 32% of men starting self-catheterization develop a UTI within 6 months. So why would I put myself through self-catheterization if there's a good chance of a UTI whether I do or don't?
Also, I don't understand why I'm at greater risk of a UTI just because I'm retaining more of the exact same stuff. Can somebody explain these two things to me? I want to do what's right, but not if it's unnecessary.
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replied June 22nd, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !


I went through your query and i understand your concern.Intermittent self catheterization is the only solution here as continuous catheter placement will make you more prone to infections which is almost 100 percent in 24 hours. So do as your urologist says.



Take care


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