That depends on how you feel about "pain". Some people whine when they clip their nails, while others can nail their foot to a board without flinching.....that is completely s…ubjective..
The best way I can equate it for you is to say that I wouldn't call it "painful" at all...I would call it more uncomfortable than anything. If you have ever had a UTI (urinary tract infection) and experienced that feeling of urgency (feeling like you have to pee all the time), well, that's what it feels like -- you need to pee..
I realize that it looks and sounds like a scary procedure, but it really isn't bad at all -- it is very fast, and once you get past the embarassment of the deal its all over..
I would like to make a suggestion if you will be having the procedure done. Always watch what your nurse is doing. Insertion of a cath is a sterile procedure, which means that every item that comes in contact with your genital area must be completely germ free to avoid infection. If your nurse breaks his/her sterile field, they are putting your health at risk....so watch what they do. The most important thing is to make sure they wash their hands & wear STERILE gloves -- the gloves in the room are not good enough..
It is really important beause the incidence of hospital acquired infections is increasing, and one MAJOR cause of those infections is improper catheterization. You can protect yourself by monitoring that your nurse wears sterile gloves and always keeps his/her hands above their waist, never touching anything outside of the sterile field set up for the procedure, until they are finished, of course..
Nurses are well trained in this arena, but all it takes is one small mistake to cause an infection.... ( Full Answer )