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Acute Urinary Retention in Women

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is acute urinary retention (AUR)?

AUR means your bladder is full, but you cannot urinate. This condition happens suddenly, gets worse quickly, and lasts a short time.

Female Urinary System

What causes AUR?

What are the signs and symptoms of AUR?

How is AUR diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your health history and the medicines you take. He or she will press or tap on your lower abdomen. You may need any of the following tests:

How is AUR treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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