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How do you treat a slow urine flow in women?

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Treatments for slow urine flow in women include medication, bladder muscle conditioning, implant devices and surgery, depending on the cause, according to the University of Colorado. A variety of medical conditions cause slow urine flow, including urinary infection, a prolapsed bladder, urinary retention and voiding dysfunction.

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Urinary infections are usually treated with antibiotics such as penicillin or amoxicillin, according to the University of Colorado. A prolapsed bladder may be treated using topical or oral estrogen replacement therapy alongside other treatments such as pessary placement or surgery to secure the bladder. Urinary retention can be treated using medication, intermittent self-catheterization or pessary placement. It can also be treated through the implantation of a device to stimulate the sacral nerve.

Obstructive uropathy is caused by a blocked ureter and occurs when urine flow reverses direction, flowing from the bladder back into the kidney, according to Healthline. Possible treatments include surgical removal of any masses blocking the ureter and stent placement. Stent placement is advisable for narrow ureters and is typically done through catheterization with local anaesthesia.

Female voiding dysfunction is caused by nerve dysfunction and non-relaxing pelvic floor muscles and occurs when there is inadequate coordination between the bladder muscle and the urethra, resulting in overactivity or incomplete relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles when urinating, according to the University of California, San Francisco. Voiding dysfunction includes conditions such as urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis. The treatment for voiding dysfunction depends on each specific case. Some possible treatments include muscle relaxants, placement of a neuromodulation device, pelvic floor therapy and intermittent self-catheterization.

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