Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men and Women

Lower urinary tract problems can affect both men and women. Male lower urinary tract symptoms may indicate prostate gland complications while lower urinary tract symptoms in women can point to pelvic organ prolapse or urinary tract infection. We tell you more about the infection and its symptoms.


Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

These symptoms can occur in both men and women. They include:
Nocturia — getting up more than once at night to pass urine
Weak urine stream
Feeling that urine is still in the bladder, even after urination 
Passing urine often (less than two-hour intervals)
Interrupted urine flow
Difficulty in starting the urine flow
Urgent need to urinate immediately 
Incontinence (uncontrolled leakage)

In men, lower urinary tract symptoms may indicate an enlarged prostate gland, which blocks the bladder outlet and urinary passage. This is caused by hormonal imbalance and is more common in men over the age of 50. In severe cases, this blockage may eventually damage the bladder and the kidneys. Read more about this condition here, and seek medical advice if you show any of the above symptoms.

Lower urinary tract symptoms in women can take the form of incontinence and dysuria (a burning sensation during urination). Risk factors include age, weight, and birthing complications. Symptoms in women may be signs of pelvic organ prolapse or a possible urinary tract infection (UTI). Find out more about urinary conditions in women here.
Treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms include adjusting your fluid intake and eating more fruits and vegetables. Oral medication or antibiotics may also be prescribed. For more severe cases, hospitalisation or surgery may be required.


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