Inability to Urinate (cont.)
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Is It Possible to Prevent Urinary Retention?
Good urination habits are essential to keep the bladder functioning normally. Most people normally urinate four to six times per day. Frequent holding of urination for prolonged periods can weaken bladder muscles because of overstretching. This may not seem like a problem initially, but over the course of 20-30 years, it can cause urination problems. Excess alcohol intake may lead to increased urine production and overdistention of the bladder. Lastly, over-the-counter cold medications containing antihistamines and pseudoephedrine (and other medications like it) can increase the risk of urinary retention in men with prostate enlargement.
What Is the Prognosis for an Inability to Urinate?
The prognosis depends on the source of the problem.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/27/2016
Pamela I. Ellsworth, MD
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