Catheter Valves

How to use a Catheter Valve

Catheter valves can be used as an alternative to allowing urine to drain freely into a drainage bag.

The valve is connected to the catheter outlet. Opening the valve at regular intervals drains urine.

Catheter valves are more discreet than leg bags. And because urine is stored in the bladder, not a drainage bag, they can help keep the bladder in good working order.

They need to be opened at regular intervals to empty the bladder. If this is not done, there can be damage to the bladder and kidneys.

Catheter valves are not suitable for everyone, so seek advice from a health professional before using one.

There are several things to think about when choosing a catheter valve:

  • Different designs of catheter valves need different degrees of dexterity and strength. Choose one which you find easy to open and close.
  • Clothing is important because some catheter valves are bulky and may be noticeable beneath clothing. Loose clothes, with easy opening or extra-long zips may be useful.
  • Some valves require good eyesight to determine whether they are open or closed.
  • Change your catheter valve every 5-7 days or as recommended by your health professional.
  • Wash the area where your catheter enters your body as part of your daily hygiene regime. Avoid creams and talc around this area.


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Take the opportunity to experiment with a variety of catheter valves to discover which one
best suit your needs. Speak to your continence advisor or urologist who will be able to help
you make the right choice.

Further Information

You can find further information in the downloads section of our website here.

The Bladder & Bowel Home Delivery Service can offer you expert advice from a trained advisor about catheter care and help you find the right products to manage your condition.

For more information on catheter care products call our Home Delivery Team on 0800 031 5406.