This disorder includes different symptoms such as delay in initiating urination, slow urinary flow and the need to strain the void. In addition, patients with this disorder may have other symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and urinary tract infection.
There are different causes of this disorder in women which can be temporary or permanent. These causes are listed below:
- Pelvic surgery or vaginal delivery
- Acute inflammation such as genital or urinary tract infection
- Drug such as epidural anaesthesia, detrusitol and antidepressants
- Psychological influences such as anxiety, hysteria and depression
- Inability to relax the urethral sphincter during voiding
If this problem remains untreated there might result in frequent urinary tract infections or in severe cases, damaging the functionality of kidney in the patient.
This problem can be treated by one or more of the following options:
- Antibiotics or antiseptics: may be used in case of any infection or surgery in case of severe disorders.
- Clean intermittent self catheterisation (CISC): is another treatment option which enables patients to efficiently empty the bladder. In this procedure, patients are required to insert a urinary catheter under clean conditions at regular intervals.