Intermittent Urine Flow

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Urology

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About the symptom

Having a urine stream that involuntarily starts and stops. Generally this is due to partial obstruction of the urethra, the tube that drains the bladder.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Urine flow starts and stops

Possible causes

  • Overactive bladder

    This is a group of urinary symptoms that causes patients to need to urinate often, or have sudden urges to urinate that is difficult to control. This is a result of excessive bladder contractions.

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

    Non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Age-related changes in male hormone levels are thought to be the cause.

  • Prostate cancer

    Cancer of the prostate. Risk factors include advanced age and certain ethnicities.

  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Cystitis
  • Urethral stricture

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you had intermittent urine flow over the past month? Such as the urine starts and stops?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Do you have back pain?

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