Weak Urine Stream
What Having A Weak Urine Stream Might Indicate
Experiencing a weak urine stream is fairly common, and in most cases does not indicate the presence of a serious problem. Still, it can be a cause for some concern, particularly if the condition has come about rather suddenly. In most cases, a weak urine stream condition occurs over a long period of time, and may occur so slowly as to not be noticeable, or at least not initially.
The Prostate Is Often The Culprit - Both men and women can experience a weak urine stream, though the condition is much more common in men, and is fairly common among middle-aged and older men. With men, the cause behind a weak urine stream is usually an enlarged prostate gland. An enlarged prostate is usually a non-malignant condition, and one that comes on quite slowly. An enlarging of the prostate gland is normally something a doctor will check for during annual physical checkups. If the prostate gland is causing problems in urinating, the situation can usually be rectified, but it's always best not to wait until the problem becomes more severe. If the flow of urine starts to become blocked, the bladder may become distended through pressure, leading not only to discomfort, but to the possibility of various complications setting in.
Prostate issues are not the only cause of a weak urine stream, also called urinary hesitancy, and by some, dribbling. A urinary tract infection can be a contributor, and medications can sometimes affect urine flow. In these two instances, the slowing of urination may come about more quickly than when it is the prostate that is involved. The situation is of course an abnormal one, and the person having a problem should consult with a doctor. Treatment and cure may require nothing more than changing medications or taking medication to deal with an infection. A third cause can be an inflammation of the prostate, which is not the same as an enlarged prostate condition, and is usually a temporary situation. Still it's always a good idea to find what the underlying cause of any problem is, especially if there is some underlying disorder that requires treatment.
What To Tell The Doctor - In the days preceding a visit to the doctor, it's always a good idea to keep track of one's urination patterns so this information can be relayed to the physician. Merely saying you have a weak urine stream may be enough, but just what's considered to be weak can mean different things to different people, and it can be of help to the physician if the patient can provide some added detail. It's also important to note any out of the ordinary symptoms that appear to be in any way associated with urination difficulties.
Not Usually A Major Problem With Women - The situation for women is slightly different, in that women usually have a greater variety of urination problems, falling under the general subject of urinary incontinence. With women, it's more often a case of leakage or involuntary passage of urine, and instances of a weak urine stream often takes a back seat to other problems. Women can often benefit from exercises, such as Kegel exercises, designed to strengthen the core and pelvic muscles, and keep a woman's urinary tract and reproductive system in good health.
Remedies - There are certain things both men and women can do to ease the problem or work towards treating the condition. There are herbs and herbal supplements that seem to help, but rather than shopping for an herbal supplement claiming to treat urinary problems, it's always far better to get a doctor's advice, as unless the cause of a urinary problem, such as a weak urine stream is known, an herb or an herbal supplement could conceivably do more harm than good, or have no effect at all. Drinking plenty of water and fruit juices are generally considered good for you in this regard, besides being good for one's health in general. The bottom line: a weak urine flow is not usually a cause for alarm, and normally is something that is highly treatable, but it is always good advice to seek out the cause early on, in the event treating of some underlying condition may be of great importance.