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Intermittent Catheters Market - By Product Type (Uncoated, Coated [Antimicrobial, Hydrophilic]), Category (Male, Female, & Pediatric Length), Application, Material (Latex, PVC, Silicone), End-use, Global Forecast, (2023 – 2032)

  • Report ID: GMI6997
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Intermittent Catheters Market Size

Intermittent Catheters Market size was valued at around USD 2.3 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach over USD 3.7 billion by 2032. The market is experiencing robust growth due to several key drivers including facilitative government initiatives, aging population, and technological advancements in products among others.

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The aging global population is a significant factor, with a rising prevalence of urological disorders and urinary incontinence. According to the World Population Ageing 2019 report by the United Nations, the number of people aged 60 years and older is expected to double by 2050, driving demand for intermittent catheters. Additionally, increasing awareness about healthcare and improved access to medical facilities has bolstered market growth.

Intermittent catheters are employed in intermittent catheterization (IC) procedure to empty the urinary bladder. Intermittent catheters are used when there are multiple episodes of catheterization required in a single day and are inserted into the bladder through urethra to drain the urine.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a notable negative impact on the intermittent catheters market. The disruption in healthcare services and supply chains, overwhelmed hospitals, and a redirection of medical resources to combat the virus led to delays in elective procedures and reduced access to healthcare facilities for non-urgent cases. This resulted in a decline in the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions, subsequently affecting the demand for intermittent catheters. Additionally, economic uncertainties and reduced disposable income during the pandemic led some patients to postpone non-essential medical purchases, further impacting the market.

Intermittent Catheters Market Trends

The growing prevalence of urinary diseases is a significant pointer influencing the market. Urinary diseases encompass a wide range of conditions, including urinary incontinence, neurogenic bladder, urinary retention, and urological disorders. These conditions often require the use of intermittent catheters to manage and alleviate symptoms. Moreover, the World Journal of Urology reports that the global prevalence of neurogenic bladder, often associated with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders, is on the rise.

  • The rise in the incidence of urinary diseases can be attributed to various factors, including an aging population, lifestyle changes, and increasing awareness of these conditions. According to the National Association for Continence, over 25 million adult Americans experience some form of urinary incontinence, with the majority being women.
  • Patients and healthcare providers are recognizing the importance of these catheters in improving the quality of life for those with urinary conditions. This trend is driving innovation in catheter design, materials, and technology, making intermittent catheters more user-friendly and comfortable for patients.

Intermittent Catheters Market Analysis

 Intermittent Catheters Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on product type, the market is bifurcated into uncoated intermittent catheter, and coated intermittent catheter. The coated intermittent catheter segment held majority revenue share and was valued at around USD 1.3 billion in 2022. Coated catheters are known for their smooth, slippery surfaces, which enhance patient comfort and ease of use. This is especially important for those who self-catheterize and require a catheter that is as comfortable as possible.

  • Coated catheters are designed to minimize friction during insertion and removal, reducing the risk of urethral trauma and discomfort. This feature is particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive or inflamed urethral tissues.
  • Many coated catheters are impregnated with antimicrobial or hydrophilic coatings that help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). These coatings inhibit bacterial growth and promote better drainage, which is essential for those with a higher risk of UTIs.

Hence, all the afore-mentioned pointers are expected to spur the industry growth during the forecast period.

Based on category, the intermittent catheters market is categorised into male length catheter, female length catheter, and pediatric length. Female length catheters segment is set to witness robust growth at 5.0% CAGR over the analysis timeframe. Female length catheters are specifically designed to fit the female anatomy, making them more comfortable to use. They are often smaller in diameter and may have more flexible materials, further enhancing comfort during catheterization.

  • Female anatomy typically has a shorter urethra than male anatomy. This shorter length makes it easier to use female length catheters, as they are designed to reach the bladder with less insertion depth, reducing the risk of injury or discomfort.
  • Female length catheters are appropriately sized for the female urethra can help reduce the risk of contamination and infection during insertion and withdrawal, as it is less likely to come into contact with external contaminants.

Based on application, the intermittent catheters market is segmented into urinary incontinence, spinal injuries, general surgery, and other applications. The urinary incontinence segment held a leading share in the market in 2022 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period. Urinary incontinence is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 423 million adults live with incontinence, and this number is expected to increase with the aging population.

  • There is growing awareness about urinary incontinence and its impact on individuals' quality of life. As awareness increases, more individuals are seeking medical help and solutions, including intermittent catheters, to manage their condition.
  • The market has seen continuous product innovation, resulting in more user-friendly and comfortable catheters. These innovations make intermittent catheters a more attractive option for those dealing with urinary incontinence.

Based on material, the intermittent catheters market is segmented into latex, PVC, silicone, and others. The PVC segment held a dominating revenue share of over 44% in 2022 and is anticipated to witness a similar trend over the analysis timeframe.

  • PVC intermittent catheters are widely available in various lengths, sizes, and types, ensuring that patients with different needs can find a suitable catheter. PVC catheters are available in both standard and hydrophilic coated options, providing patients with choices based on their preferences and specific requirements.
  • PVC catheters are often designed to be comfortable and flexible, making them easier for patients to use and reducing discomfort during catheterization. PVC catheters are known for their durability and resistance to damage during catheterization, ensuring that they perform effectively.
Intermittent Catheters Market Revenue Share, By  End-use, 2022

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Based on end-use, the intermittent catheters market is categorised into hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, homecare settings, and other end users. The homecare settings segment was valued at USD 357 million in 2022 and is set to witness fastest growth over the analysis period.

  • With a growing elderly population, there is a higher prevalence of urological conditions that require intermittent catheterization. Many seniors prefer to receive care and manage their conditions at home, driving the need for intermittent catheters in this setting
  • Patients often prefer to maintain their independence and privacy by managing their healthcare needs at home. Intermittent catheters allow them to do so without the need for frequent visits to medical facilities.
  • The growth of telehealth and remote monitoring services enables healthcare providers to support patients in home care settings, making it more convenient to prescribe and manage intermittent catheterization from a distance.
North America Intermittent Catheters Market Size, 2020 -2032 (USD Million)

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North America held a majority share in the intermittent catheters market, reflecting its well-developed healthcare ecosystem and the significant need for these products in the region. There is a relatively high level of patient awareness about urological conditions and incontinence management in North America, leading to an increased demand for intermittent catheters. For instance, as per the National Center for Health Statistics, as of 2019, approximately 91% of the population had some form of health insurance coverage in the U.S.

  • North America boasts a highly advanced and well-developed healthcare infrastructure with easy access to healthcare facilities, ensuring that patients have access to a wide range of medical products, including intermittent catheters.
  • The North American market is home to several leading manufacturers and suppliers of intermittent catheters, leading to a competitive landscape that promotes product innovation and accessibility.

Intermittent Catheters Market Share

The global market is dominated by some of the major industry players. The companies are focused in adopting strategies such as acquisitions and partnerships to consolidate their market presence and expand their customer base. The key players implement several strategies to maintain a competitive edge and improve their market share in the industry.

Some of the key market participants operating in the intermittent catheters industry include:

  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Coloplast
  • ConvaTec
  • B. Braun Melsungen Ag
  • Teleflex
  • Hollister Inc.
  • Adapta medical
  • Cook Medical
  • Pennine Healthcare
  • Hunter Urology
  • Romsons
  • Wellspect Healthcare

Intermittent Catheters Industry News:

  • In February 2023, Coloplast announced the launch of catheter Luja, a male catheter designed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. This intermittent catheter Luja enables complete bladder emptying in one free flow.
  • In March 2021, Hollister Incorporated has launched the Infyna Chic intermittent catheter to the US market, the latest in the company's series of hydrophilic catheter devices. It is designed to provide women who use catheters with a high degree of discretion, complements the current US product line, which includes the VaPro and Onli intermittent catheter brands, allowing women a choice of solutions to fit their specific needs.

Intermittent catheters market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product Type, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Uncoated Intermittent Catheter
  • Coated Intermittent Catheter
    • Antimicrobial
    • Hydrophilic
    • Other coated intermittent catheters

By Category, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Male Length
  • Female Length
  • Pediatric Length

By Application, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Spinal Injuries
  • General Surgery
  • Other applications

By Material, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Latex
  • PVC
  • Silicone
  • Other material types

By End-use, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Homecare Settings
  • Other end users

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Intermittent catheters industry was worth USD 2.3 billion in revenue in 2022 and is projected to surpass USD 3.7 billion by 2032 attributed to facilitative government initiatives, the aging population, and rising technological advancements.

Coated intermittent catheter market generated USD 1.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to witness high demand through 2032 owing to its smooth, slippery surfaces to enhance patient comfort and ease of use.

North America intermittent catheters industry is poised to expand at notable CAGR through 2032 attributed to the presence of well-developed healthcare ecosystem and high level of patient awareness about urological conditions.

Some of the key intermittent catheter industry players are Becton, Dickinson and Company, Coloplast, ConvaTec, B. Braun Melsungen Ag, Teleflex, Hollister Inc., Pennine Healthcare, Hunter Urology, ASID BONZ GmbH, Romsons, and Wellspect Healthcare, among others.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 13
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  • Countries covered: 21
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