Need to Strain When Urinating Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your need to strain when urinating symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: trouble urinating

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

6 Possible Need To Strain When Urinating Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced need to strain when urinating. 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.

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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

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. ...

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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

Cauda equina syndrome (rapid-onset)

Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Cauda equina syndrome (slow-onset)

Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Need To Strain When Urinating

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

  • Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • About your diet, is it high in fat?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Need To Strain When Urinating Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced need to strain when urinating have also experienced:

  • 12% Sudden Urgency To Urinate
  • 6% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • 6% Painful Urination

People who have experienced need to strain when urinating were most often matched with:

  • 40% Bladder Cancer
  • 30% Painful Bladder Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
  • 30% Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

People who have experienced need to strain when urinating had symptoms persist for:

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

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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