BY ANASTASIA SIMMONS
Are you having trouble with starting a urine stream and keeping it running, too? Then you may be suffering from what’s referred to as urine hesitancy.
Health authorities say that urine hesitancy is more common in older men as a result of an enlarged prostate — a small gland that’s about the size of a walnut and is tasked at secreting fluid that protects and nourishes the sperm. However, men of any other age and also women may experience urinary hesitancy, too, due to reasons such as:
- Urinary tract infections or UTIs
- Sexually transmitted infections or STIs
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Nerve damage brought about by diabetes, stroke, injuries or traumas
- Tumors that can cause blockages
- Urinary tract surgery
- Administration of certain medications such as decongestants
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Stress and psychological issues such as anxiety
Because there are many different things that can be blamed for urinary hesitancy, it is certainly a good idea for you to see your doctor if you are suffering from it so that the underlying cause may be identified and treated right away.
In the meantime, there are some home remedies that you may give a try. Some of the best ones are:
Reducing Stress or Anxiety
There are instances in which urinary hesitancy can stem from something as simple as being stressed or anxious. Having too much stress or anxiety can cause tension of the muscles, including those that control the bladder.
Needless to say, you should reduce your stress or anxiety by relaxing your body and mind.
You can choose from so many stress- or anxiety-lowering solutions such as:
- Taking slow, deep breaths
- Doing progressive muscle relaxation
- Engaging in yoga or meditation
- Listening to soothing tunes
- Taking a whiff of lavender or jasmine essential oil
Drinking Water While Trying to Pee
Some people swear by the effectiveness of taking sips of water while attempting to urinate. Of course it will help a lot if you have a full bladder.
If you suspect that your urinary hesitancy has something to do with your body being dehydrated, stick to drinking water as consuming coffee or any other caffeinated beverage can leave you even more dehydrated.
Tapping the Bladder
While seated on the toilet, you may try to repeatedly tap the area between your pubic bone and bellybutton with your index and middle finger as that’s where your bladder is located.
Just remember to avoid pressing your bladder in your attempt to deal with your urinary hesitancy without delay. According to health authorities, this is something that can cause the content of the bladder to back up into your kidney, which is not a good thing. When that happens, you are risking yourself of ending up with a kidney infection.
Listening to Running Water
According to many, a really effective way to manage urinary hesitancy is to listen to running water. You have plenty of options if you want to try this particular home remedy:
- Flush the toilet before sitting on it
- Turn on the bathroom sink
- Install a white noise app on your smartphone that’s capable of playing running water
Is the sink within your easy reach while you’re seated on the toilet bowl? Then consider yourself very lucky as you can listen to running water while at the same time doing another highly effective home remedy for urinary hesitancy, and that’s allowing warm water to run over your hand.
Exercising for a While
Last but not least, you may brisk walk or do jumping jacks for a minute or two if you are suffering from urinary hesitancy and you have a strong urge to pee — doing so allows you to employ gravity.