Urinary retention

Difficulty urinating and completely emptying the bladder.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Unable to urinate
  • Severe discomfort or pain in lower belly and urinary tract

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Urinating more than eight times a day
  • Weak or interrupted urine stream
  • Feeling a need to urinate after finishing urination
  • Feeling of not emptying bladder completely

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