Urinary Retention is the inability to fully empty the bladder, including the inability to urinate at all. This is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Retained urine in the bladder can result in consistent urinary tract infections and prolonged urine retention can actually damage the bladder (think of an overfilled balloon).
Some causes of urinary retention include:
- Scarring of the inside of the urethra
- Prolapse of the bladder
- Prolapse of another organ within the pelvic floor
- Blockages (kidney or bladder stones)