Intermittent Urine Flow
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Dr Chandrapal received his MD degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine. After graduation he did a research fellowship with the University of Utah Division of Urology, followed by 4 years of urology residency at Duke University. In 2020 he began a 2 year tenure as an Interprofessional Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellow at the Durham VA in Durham, NC where he created and implemented clinical simulations with an emphasis on emotional intelligence. Additionally he has experience with medical writing and consultation for Buoy Health.

Nao Saito, MD

Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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  • Only little urine comes out when trying to pee

  • Urinate not coming out all the way

  • Pee not coming out all the way

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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

Generally, Intermittent urine flow can be related to:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

    Non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Age-related changes in male hormone levels are thought to be the cause. Incidence increases with age with an estimated 80% of men over the age of 70 with BPH. Symptoms may include a weak urinary stream, leakage of urine after voiding and urinating frequently at night (nocturia).

  • Prostate cancer

    Prostate cancer starts in the cells of the prostate which is a gland in the male reproductive system. Men are usually diagnosed by a blood test called the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen). When it reaches a certain value, men are usually referred to a urologist for evaluation.

  • Neurogenic bladder

    A condition where nerves supplying the bladder are damaged. Causes include injury to the spinal cord and nerve diseases like Parkinson's disease and Multiple sclerosis.

  • Urethral stricture
  • Overactive bladder
  • Cystitis

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Have you experienced on-and-off urine flow in the past month?

  • Do you have any swelling in your body?

  • Do you experience back pain?

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Reviewed By:

Jason Chandrapal, MD

Jason Chandrapal, MD (Urology)

Dr Chandrapal received his MD degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine. After graduation he did a research fellowship with the University of Utah Division of Urology, followed by 4 years of urology residency at Duke University. In 2020 he began a 2 year tenure as an Interprofessional Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellow at the Durham VA in Durham, NC where he created and implemented clinical simulations with an emphasis on emotional intelligence. Additionally he has experience with medical writing and consultation for Buoy Health.

Nao Saito, MD

Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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