Female Urinary difficulty
For females, there are many conditions that can cause urinary difficulty. The most common ones are urinary retention, overactive bladder and urinary tract infections (including infections of the bladder and kidneys). These conditions can cause a feeling of urgency to urinate, frequent urination and feelings of incomplete emptying.
Urinary incontinence is a leakage of urine that is involuntary. This is a common condition in women that typically occurs in the mature years. The majority of cases are due to underlying conditions that can be treated easily with medications and by preventive techniques such as bladder pads.
An overactive bladder is also a common condition and is defined by the urgency to urinate frequently and going at least 8 times each day. There are several possible causes for overactive bladder but most often, it is due to muscle contractions. This is also a condition that is treatable with medications and modifications to the patient’s lifestyle.
Urinary tract infections. which are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, present with the symptoms of urgency to urinate, pain during urination and little or no urine flowing when an attempt at passing it occurs. This too is treatable with medication and diet modifications.
Finally, urinary retention (another common problem for women) occurs when the bladder is unable to completely empty itself. This could be due to an obstruction in the urinary tract or kidney stones. There are several other possible reasons, but those are the two most common. The main signs of this condition include a weak urine stream and the feeling that the bladder is not empty even after urination. Treatment involves catheterization and/or surgery.