There are two main types of indwelling catheter, which have different insertion techniques: Urethral catheter. Also called a Foley catheter, the healthcare provider inserts this type through a person’s urethra. Suprapubic catheter.
Because the female urethra is only a few inches in length compared to the male urethra, female length catheters are typically around 6 inches long, although there are smaller pocket catheter options. Some women prefer to use male length catheters, which are around 16 inches long.