Why Is It Hard for Some Women to Empty Their Bladders?

The Short Answer from a women's health practitioner

Why Do Some Women Feel Like They Can’t Empty Their Bladders?

Q: Why is it hard for some women to empty their bladders?

A: Two problems are usually responsible for a woman’s sensation that she can’t empty her bladder, or void, completely. One is past incontinence surgery and the other is pelvic organ prolapse.

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Women who have had surgery for urinary incontinence may find it helpful to sit backward on the toilet, or to try to relax their pelvic floor muscles while urinating. Specialized pelvic floor physical therapists can teach women to train their pelvic floor muscles to relax more completely during voiding.

Alternatively, women who have pelvic organ prolapse can simply reduce the prolapse bulge with their fingers to more fully empty their bladder.

Certified nurse practitioner Abigail Anderson, CNP

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