Difficulty passing urine can affect males and females, though it is particularly common in men as they get older, often relating to changes in the prostate.
Symptoms might include:
- hesitancy before urinating
- a slow urinary stream
- spraying dribbling after finishing an inability to empty the bladder
In men, the causes of a blockage include prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, tight foreskin or urethral stricture.
In both men and women difficulty passing urine could be related to the narrowing of the urethra and stones.
Poor urinary flow may not require treatment, but tests should be made to ensure there are no underlying conditions to be concerned about.