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Many Bladder dysfunctions can be successfully treated with Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC). Learn how an ergonomic design can help more women use ISC to manage their bladders 

Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a frustrating problem for millions of people. Never knowing when and where one might have an accident can affect everything: from work to family and social life. It happens to both men and women, but it’s more common in women. Studies show that at least half of older women may have some form of incontinence1.  


Many of bladder dysfunctions can be managed by Intermittent Self Catheterisation. At Wellspect we have a vision: to make it possible for all women to succeed with Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC). The video below explains more about why this is such a significant goal. 


Even though bladder problems are so common, many women struggle to find a solution. Intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) is one of the methods that is sometimes overlooked, despite being simple, safe and regarded as gold standard when treating bladder dysfunction. Women face specific challenges that often make self catheterisation a bit more difficult to learn and integrate into daily routines. 


What are the barriers women face to learn ISC2? 

  • Physiological barriers such as problems with reach, dexterity or locating the right place to insert a catheter. 

  • Psychological barriers (stigma, misconceptions, embarrassment surrounding the procedure). 

  • External factors (e.g. quality of teaching & learning environment). 


Making a real difference 

At Wellspect we are committed to help women overcome these barriers, as we believe that ISC is a life changing therapy, significantly improving health and quality of life. Our latest revolutionary innovation – LoFric® Elle™ has been designed to help more women learn and perform ISC. LoFric Elle is the world’s first intermittent catheter with an L- shaped handle, offering a new way to catheterise that makes ISC easy to teach, learn and perform. Watch the video below to see more of what makes LoFric Elle a true revolution: 

”Intermittent Self Catheterisation is a crucial element in the management of bladder retention but it can be very daunting for a lot of patients and the barriers the patients face can limit their adherence. ” says Kate Mitchell, Advanced Urogynaecology Practitioner, Urogynaecology and Pelvic Health, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. 

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"Lofric-Elle may help to minimise some of those barriers. It is hoped with the handle patients will find the handling much easier and will be able to get a better view when using a mirror. 


"This should make teaching/learning the ISC procedure easier for the clinician and ithe patient." 


To understand more about the barriers still facing many women starting the journey with ISC, why not join our session at 17:55 on Friday 25th during the Patient Engagement Days Event. 


For more information about LoFric Elle, click here.

1 Irwin at al BJU International 2011,108-1132-8;

2 Wellspect 'Barriers to ISC' survey Nov 2019:

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