Urinary retention is an indication of another underlying urinary condition. If you think you may have this condition, ask yourself these questions: Can you urinate but have difficulty beginning a urine stream or completely emptying your bladder? Do you urinate frequently? Do you feel an urgent need to urinate but when you get to the toilet you just can’t seem to go? Do you often feel that you still have to urinate after you’ve just finished? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a chance you have urinary retention.
Urinary retention can cause acute urinary incontinence, which is when you suddenly lose bladder control. Some forms of incontinence include urge incontinence (also known as overactive bladder), stress incontinence, and overflow incontinence. An irritable bladder triggered by contractions or bladder spasms or sudden stress against a full bladder, like when you sneeze, laugh, or cough strongly. Because of urine retention, you could still have a lot of urine in the bladder after urinating. This can lead to bladder leakage and loss of bladder control. An unexpected onset of urinary leakage can present some embarrassing situations and cause you to feel as if you have to alter your lifestyle to avoid having an accident in public.
Acute urinary retention can be treated by inserting a catheter in the bladder to drain the urine. This can immediately relieve any bladder pain and avoid urinary tract infections from developing. It can also prevent permanent damage to the bladder or kidney failure.
Urinary retention treatment can also include bladder training to help control the muscles that help you urinate. Some patients need incontinence surgery to treat a bladder prolapse (fallen bladder), which is another one of the urinary retention causes. Medication or prostate surgery could relieve pressure from an enlarged prostate.
Urinary retention is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Our doctors at Urology Specialists are highly experienced and can diagnose all types of urinary conditions, including urinary retention, male incontinence, and female incontinence. If you are experiencing signs of urinary retention or any other bladder problem, click here to make an appointment with one of our world-class urologists today.