Weak Urine Stream

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

When the urine stream lacks force. Individuals with a weak stream feel like they take longer to urinate. In men signs may include having to stand closer to the toilet. This is caused by either blockage of the urethra, the tube that empties the bladder, or a weak bladder.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Gross hematuria

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Fever

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

  • Difficulty urinating

  • Urinary frequency

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.

  • Cystitis

    A type of urinary tract infection, caused by bacterial infection of the bladder.

  • Pollakiuria
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Prostate cancer
  • Urethral stricture

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel your urine flow is weaker?

  • Do you feel pain when passing urine?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine (hematuria)?

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