What Causes Urinating Difficulties? - Somerset Urological Associates

What Causes Urinating Difficulties?

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There are many plausible urinating difficulties that can affect both men and women. They are all unique in their own way, but have one thing in common: in one way or another, they all affect your usual urination. Below are all of the different possible urinary problems you may be experiencing and how each may be obtained.


Common Urinary Problems You May Experience

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are some of the most common urinary problems around, and they usually occur when bacteria enters into the urinary tract trough the urethra. UTI’s in women are typically contracted trough sexual intercourse or sexual contact. Men on the other hand, do not typically acquire urinary tract infections from sexual contact, but it is a possibility. While UTIs are extremely rare in young men, a man’s risk of a UTI increases after they turn 50 years old.


Urinary Frequency

While this can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection, it can be a diagnosis on its own as well. A common cause for urinary frequency is the irritation and swelling of the bladder. This reduces your ability to hold urine. Other things such as diuretics, dietary intake, radiation therapy, dysfunction of the bladder and bladder cancer can also cause the increase in frequency of urination.


Urinary Urgency

The causes associated with urinary urgency vary completely, especially since some of the causes are simply short-term and others can be more long-term issues. Some of the causes associated with urinary urgency include alcohol consumption, caffeine consumption, bladder conditions, urinary tract infection, overactive bladder and blocked urine flow.


Urinary Retention

Urinary retention is another urinating difficulty that can either be a short-term problem or a long-term factor, depending on what directly caused the retention to happen. One of the major causes of urinary retention is a blockage in the urinary system due to urinary tract stones. Another common cause of urinary retention is when the urethra narrows because of scarring from a separate injury or infection. Other causes of urinary retention include enlargement of the prostate gland, nerve or bladder muscle problems, prostate cancer, and side effects from medication or constipation.



Hematuria is one of the more obvious urinary problems or difficulties because you can visually see the problem (most of the time). Hematuria is when there is blood mixed into your urine, so seeing the discoloration of your urine is a sure sign you have a form of hematuria. The causes of urine in the blood vary vastly from serious things such as cancer, to less serious things such as obstructions of the urinary tract. Other causes of hematuria are trauma, stones, and infections. There are even other cases of hematuria that are not serious enough to even require treatment, just a side effect from something else.


Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. Like almost all of the above-mentioned urinary difficulties, there are a variety of different causes for this to occur. The most common cause of urinary incontinence is the loss of pelvic muscle support of the bladder or an overactive bladder. Other conditions include neurologic conditions, history of prostate surgery, history of radiation therapy to prostate, medications, immobility and urinary tract infections.


Treatment of Urinary Problems in New Jersey

Not only are there many different types of urinating difficulties and problems, there are also many different possible causes for each of those problems. Both men and women need to be aware of the symptoms and causes of these urinating problems so that they do not turn into a more serious issue. Our physicians at Somerset Urological Associates are experts are diagnosing and treating any urinating problem you may experience. Contact us today to set up your appointment at our Somerville, NJ location: (908) 927-0300.