What is Urinary Dysfunction?
Urinary dysfunction in men is extremely common and can be divided into two main categories: problems with voiding and problems with storage of urine. Collectively, urinary symptoms can be described as lower urinary tract symptoms or LUTS. Storage or irritative symptoms include frequency, urgency, nocturia (waking up at night to urinate), and incontinence (leakage of urine).
Problems with storage can be due to an overactive bladder, neurologic cause (i.e. neurogenic bladder), and prostate cancer treatment. Voiding or obstructive symptoms include hesitancy (difficulty starting the stream), weak or intermittent stream, straining, prolonged voiding, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, and dribbling. Voiding issues can be due to an enlarged prostate or a urethral narrowing called a stricture.