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Chronic Urinary Retention in Women


Chronic urinary retention (CUR) is a long-term condition that develops when your bladder does not empty completely when you urinate.

Female Urinary System


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe abdominal pain.
  • You are breathing faster than usual.
  • Your heartbeat is faster than usual.
  • Your face, hands, feet, or ankles are swollen.

Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have pain when you urinate.
  • You see blood in your urine.
  • You have problems with your catheter.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Catheter care:

  • You may need a catheter while you are at home. Healthcare providers will give you a smaller leg bag to collect urine. Keep the bag below your waist. This will prevent urine from flowing back into your bladder and causing an infection or other problems. Also, keep the tube free of kinks so the urine will drain properly. Do not pull on the catheter. This can cause pain and bleeding, and may cause the catheter to come out. Ask your healthcare provider or urologist for more information on catheter care.
  • A straight catheter may be inserted several times a day if you cannot urinate on your own. You put the catheter in your urethra and remove it once your bladder is empty. Ask your healthcare provider or urologist for more information about how to catheterize yourself.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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