Difficulty Urinating Explained: Why and What to Do

There are many health issues that cause difficulty urinating. These issues can be as significant and long-lasting as multiple sclerosis to simple and curable issues such as a urinary tract infection, otherwise known as UTI. When a person has trouble peeing, it can be very uncomfortable and, sometimes, very painful. Difficulty urinating, also known as urinary retention, can happen suddenly, but may require emergency treatment.

Causes of Difficulty Urinating

There are many potential causes for trouble peeing. Some causes can affect anyone and some causes are gender specific. Here are the details:

For Men

Difficulty urinating is more common in men than women. One study suggests that this medical issue may be up to 10 times more common in men than women! Those most likely to have an incidence of acute urinary retention are men over the age of 70. The following are some reasons:

For Women

For Both Men and Women

Diagnosis of Difficulty Urinating

There are ways of diagnosing urinary retention, including a physical exam and a test for the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after the patient pees.There are also a few medical tests that can be performed to diagnose urinary retention.

How to Deal With Difficulty Urinating

The main treatment, of course, is emptying the bladder by catheterization at the doctor's. Occasionally, patients are required to continue to catheterize at home to ensure bladder is always allowed to be emptied.

Other possible treatments include dilation of the urethra, inserting a stent into the urethra, and for men treatments may be medications given for prostate issues.

Surgery is also an option. There are different surgery options depending on the underlying cause of the problem. Some of these surgeries include prostate surgeries, urethral repair surgery, repair surgery for bladder or rectum, and surgeries to remove tumors. Before accepting any surgery, be sure to have a good talk to your doctor to find out which procedure suits you best, the risks, benefits and so on.

Tips for Trouble Peeing

For both men and women, better nutrition and more exercise can help keep your bowels moving, thus helping prevent difficulty urinating caused by constipation.

For men, some over-the-counter medications should be avoided if he has already been diagnosed with certain prostate issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if this applies to you.

For women, Kegal exercises and other pelvic exercises can keep the bladder and the surrounding muscles (including the pelvic muscles) in good working order.

Long-term trouble peeing is generally the cause for acute urinary retention, which can lead to complete inability to urinate. Acute urinary retention is very dangerous and requires immediate emergency care!If you believe you or someone you care for are having issues of difficulty urinating, contact your doctor and get things fixed.

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