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The urethra is about 1.5 inches long in the female and 8 inches long in the male so the catheter must be placed beyond this point to ensure entry into the bladder.

In female, gently insert lubricated catheter into urethra until urine begins to flow. Then another 2-3 inches.

In the male patient, advance almost to the catheter’s bifurcation.

Most recent literature  suggests that advancing until the bifurcation should be done in both male and female to ensure entry into the bladder before balloon is inflated.

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