“I always used to wonder, what does tau ji do in the bathroom for so long? He used to sit there for at least 15 minutes, every 2 hours.Aur andar se bilkul awaz nahi, ekdum gup sannata” says Sharmila recalling her tau ji’s strange habits, who passed away at 64 years of age. “Unfortunately, none of us had any idea that urinary retention is a thing and he was, as it turns out too embarrassed to tell us. Then he passed away shortly after. If we knew we could have maybe tried some urine retention home remedies,” she ends.
A person who suffers from urinary retention may face difficulties in emptying their bladder. Even after making multiple trips to the bathroom and trying really hard, some urine always remains in the bladder.
Anyone could have urinary retention but it is more common among older females.
You could be suffering from either one of the two bladder retention:
Acute urinary retention – this type of urinary retention can be life threatening. It lasts for a short duration of time, but happens suddenly and prevents you from peeing at all even if your bladder is at its limit.
Chronic urinary retention – this type of urinary retention develops over a long period of time. You can empty the bladder but not all the way.
What Causes Urinary Retention in Females?
Urinary retention treatment at home is possible if the case is not too far gone. Let’s first look at the reasons.
You could be suffering from urinary retention due to a number of different reasons. Here are a few causes of urinary retention in females:
Loss of strength in your bladder muscles because of ageing
Injury to your pelvic floor muscles
Pelvic trauma from an accident
An overstretched bladder
Temporary urinary retention due to surgery
A bladder that malfunctions and doesn’t contract as it should to let the urine out
Home remedies for urinary retention in females is primarily sought due to female specific life processes such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause
Natural Remedies for Urinary Retention
Urinary retention is painful to endure. Imagine the discomfort of not being able to fully empty your bladder.
Urinary retention is treatable, and you don’t need to feel embarrassed or ashamed about seeking help for it. You can go the natural way if your case is mild and you do not want to swallow pills.
Below are some natural home remedies for urinary retention treatment:
Kegel exercises can help you regain control over your bladder or bowel movements, especially in cases where a person is experiencing retention because of a loss of muscle control due to ageing. You can take a doctor’s help or look up a few exercises online to start with.
Bladder retention causes extreme discomfort or pain in the lower half of your body. Bladder retention is often caused by swelling and infections.
You can take over-the-counter medications to relieve pain, cramps and discomfort for the time being.
Peppermint oil, an essential oil is known for its healing, soothing and pain-relieving qualities. It has been used to treat bladder retention issues in the past, too.
In 2018 clinical research, researchers are using peppermint oil to treat postpartum urinary retention in women.
You can drink nettle tea three times in a day to see results or even consume it as a pill or as an extract.
To encourage urination, place a few drops of peppermint oil into the toilet water. The vapour from the oil will contact the perineum, the thin skin between your genitals and help increase urine flow. This will help in treating urinary retention.
Dandelion, a wild herb has been used to treat bladder inflammation and retention. Females can buy dandelion tea from a local store and drink it twice a day to see visible results.
The stinging nettle plant, medically known as Urtica dioica, is used to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate, which also includes urinary retention.
Some other potential home remedies for urinary retention in females include:
Drinking plenty of water and other fluids to help flush out the urinary tract
Practicing pelvic floor exercises, to strengthen the muscles that control urination
Avoiding foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder, such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy or acidic foods
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce any discomfort associated with urinary retention
Warm compresses or sitz baths can be helpful in relaxing the muscles of pelvic and can provide relief from pain.
Avoiding constipation by eating a high-fiber diet, drinking plenty of water, and engaging in regular physical activity.
It is also important to note that if the urinary retention is caused by an underlying condition, such as a urinary tract infection or bladder infection, it is important to seek medical attention as these conditions may require antibiotics or other treatment.
If you experience worsening of symptoms with any these natural treatments for urinary retention, discontinue their use immediately and take help from a doctor. We would not recommend taking these if you already suffer from illnesses and are on medication, or otherwise.
These are just remedies that people have found useful over the years, but have no solid scientific backing. So, always take caution.