You can of course watch and wait. If your symptoms become intolerable you may need to consider medicines or surgery.
Making some lifestyle changes can often help control the symptoms and prevent your condition from worsening.
Limit beverages in the evening.
Don't drink too much caffeine or alcohol. These can increase urine production, irritate your bladder and worsen your symptoms.
If you take water pills (diuretics), talk to your doctor. Maybe a lower dose, taking them only in the morning, or a milder diuretic or change in the time you take your medication will help ease urinary symptoms.
Limit decongestants or antihistamines. These drugs tighten the band of muscles around your urethra that control urine flow, which makes it harder to urinate.
Go when you feel the urge.
Schedule bathroom visits. Try to urinate at regular times, every four to six hours, to "retrain" the bladder.
Stay active. Inactivity causes you to retain urine.
Urinate — and then urinate again a few moments later. This is known as double voiding.
Keep warm. Colder temperatures can cause urine retention and increase your urgency to urinate.
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