Difficulty Starting Urinating – Men Only!
There’s a common cause that’s specific to men:
The prostate is a gland that is exclusive to men. It’s located in an area surrounding the tube responsible for the outward flow of urine (the urethra).
The prostate gland often enlarges as we age. This doesn’t necessarily mean prostate cancer – it’s commonplace for benign growth of the gland. As it surrounds the urethra it’s logical that any expansion is going to put increased pressure on it and that’s going to cause difficulty starting urination and maintaining a flow.
Obviously, this condition is exclusive to the male sex but is one of the most common reasons for urinary hesitancy.
Difficulty Starting Urinating – Just Women!
Urinary hesitation is actually less common in women than men. For women who have just given birth though this is a fairly common, temporary problem that stems from damage to the nerves around the bladder and urethra as a direct result of childbirth.
Apart from that, and any type of STI or UTI that maybe exclusive to women there’s nothing else that can only affect the female of the species in relation to urinary hesitancy.
Yes … shy bladder syndrome can, and often does, cause a difficulty starting urination but it’s more likely something else. That’s why you need to seek professional medical advice on this to establish exactly what the cause is.
It’s especially important to prioritise this medical consultation if you have other symptoms too. Symptoms such as vomiting or nausea, high temperature or pain in the lower back area. Make that call without delay in these cases. Medical options need to be considered.
One final word on this and we don’t wish to cause alarm but if the condition has deteriorated and you can’t urinate at all this is called urinary retention. And, if this is the case, you need to seek emergency help right away. This could become very serious if not treated early enough so really, don’t delay!
If the diagnosis turns out to be the psychological disorder that we know as shy bladder syndrome then treatment is going to be very different. The challenge will be to repair a fault in the mind rather than a physical problem. But don’t worry … you CAN beat paruresis. Check out our shy bladder treatment reviews.