Why does it happen?
Urinary retention can be caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract (e.g. enlarged prostate), a bladder muscle weakness or damage to the nervous system caused by multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or spina bifida (neurogenic conditions).
People with nerve damage may experience that their bladder muscles don’t get the message that it is time to release urine or the muscles are too weak to empty the bladder completely.
Urine that stays in the bladder too long may lead to an infection and urine may back up, leading to pressure and damage to the kidneys.
Urinary retention may also lead to overflow incontinence.
Consult your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of urinary retention.
These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.