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Dribbling Urine Stream Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your dribbling urine stream symptoms, including 5 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Dribbling Urine Stream Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Dribbling Urine Stream Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced dribbling urine stream. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Bladder cancer

The bladder is a hollow organ with a muscular wall that stores urine until it is passed from the body. Bladder cancer refers to the out of control growth of cells within the lining of the urinary bladder. It is the sixth most common cancer among adults in the U.S.

Initial symptoms include blood in the urine, increased urinary frequency, and pain during urination, although these symptoms are nonspecific and can be due to other problems. Later symptoms may include back pain, difficulty urinating, bone pain, and foot swelling.

Treatment often involves a combination of surgery, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, and supportive care.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: abdominal pain (stomach ache), constipation, pelvis pain, side pain, frequent urination

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (bph)

The prostate is a gland in men that helps produce semen, the fluid that contains sperm. Over many years, the cells of this gland have a tendency to become enlarged (or hypertrophy). Fortunately, this enlargement is not itself dangerous. As the name "benign" implies, BPH is not prostate cancer and does not increase the risk of prostate cancer. In fact, BPH is rarely harmful, usually more of an inconvenience than anything else.

The problems it does cause result from compression of the urethra, which passes through the prostate as it carries urine out of the body. An enlarged prostate can obstruct the flow of urine making it difficult to empty the bladder, which in turn leads to frequent urination and nighttime awakening to urinate.

BPH is a chronic, progressive disease, meaning that the symptoms are mild at first and slowly get worse over many years. Serious complications can occur when there is significant obstruction of the urinary tract, though this is relatively uncommon.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: sudden urgency to urinate, waking up regularly to pee at night, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Prostate neoplasm

The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum (end of the large intestine), and it makes the fluid that carries sperm. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is different from other cancers because small areas of cancer within the prostate are actually very common, especially in older men.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: frequent urination, waking up regularly to pee at night, painful urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)

Painful bladder syndrome, also called interstitial cystitis or IC, is a chronic condition of pain and discomfort in the urinary system.

The cause is unknown. It may be an autoimmune disorder and is often found with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, or vulvodynia (pain in the outer female organs.) Some researchers feel the condition may be linked to a history of abuse.

Painful bladder syndrome is more common in women than in men, but can happen to anyone.

Symptoms vary and may include pressure and discomfort in the lower abdomen; pain during sexual intercourse; bladder pain; and a frequent urge to urinate.

A medical provider should be seen for these symptoms, because painful bladder syndrome can interfere with quality of life and lead to depression.

Diagnosis is made through patient history; physical examination; blood and urine tests; and sometimes cystoscopy. Women may have a pelvic examination and men may have a digital rectal examination.

There is no cure specifically for painful bladder syndrome, so treatment involves addressing the symptoms and making lifestyle changes.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), depressed mood, pelvis pain, arthralgias or myalgias

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Urinary tract infection

A urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Urinary tract infections are usually caused by infections by fecal bacteria.

Symptoms of urinary tract infections include pain with urination (dysuria), cloudy urine (pyuria), feeling the urge to urinate, needing to urinate more frequently, blood in the urine (hematuria), inability to control the bladder or pain in the lower abdomen. Infections of the upper urinary tract may cause fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, and flank pain.

Treatment includes antibiotic medications, pain medications, and intravenous fluids.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, signs of urinary tract inflammation, urinary changes

Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection: signs of urinary tract inflammation

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dribbling Urine Stream

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • About your diet, is it high in fat?
  • Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?
  • Are you having any difficulty walking?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Dribbling Urine Stream Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced dribbling urine stream have also experienced:

  • 9% Constant But Weak Urination Stream
  • 4% Lower Back Pain
  • 4% Painful Urination

People who have experienced dribbling urine stream were most often matched with:

  • 36% Bladder Cancer
  • 36% Prostate Neoplasm
  • 27% Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

People who have experienced dribbling urine stream had symptoms persist for:

  • 35% Over a month
  • 27% Less than a week
  • 19% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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