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Lidocaine Jelly Reduces the Pain of Urinary Catheterization for Men and Women Alike

Thanks to ED nurse Ian Miller who brought this research study to my attention: lidocaine jelly can substantially reduce the pain of having a Foley catheter inserted into the urethra – for both men and women.  And yet the jelly is not always used for women.  Many nurses, PAs and physicians erroneously believe that only men benefit from the numbing gel because they have longer urethras.  But new research suggests that women benefit substantially from this pain reducing gel.  What amazes me is that it took this long to research the issue – imagine all the women who could have had a more comfortable experience with this process.  So ladies, if you (or your mom) need a bladder catheterization for any reason, be sure to ask for lidocaine jelly.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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