Are you having difficulty peeing?

09 November 2018, Tim Burton
Most of us will, at some stage, have had a problem when peeing. It’s a function that many of us take for granted each day, but when it goes wrong, it can be very upsetting.

If you’re having problems when you’re peeing, this could be a sign or symptom of a variety of urological diseases. 

To help make sense of the problems you might face, we’ve broken it down into three difficulties you might encounter. 

Struggling to pee

You might find yourself needing to pee and then, when you visit the toilet, nothing, or very little, will come out. You might also find that it’s very difficult for you to start peeing. 

If you’re struggling to produce pee, even when you feel the need to use the toilet, this could be a sign of anything from prostate problems (in men) such as BPH or prostate cancer, or bladder cancer (in men and women). 

Peeing too often

It’s possible that you’re experiencing the opposite problem. Some people find that they need to use the bathroom very regularly and, for some people, they’ll feel a very urgent need to find a bathroom. It’s also possible that you’re getting up to pee in the night a lot. 

These symptoms could indicate anything from a basic UTI to bladder cancer or prostate cancer. In men, this could suggest BPH (an enlarged prostate) or prostatitis (a prostate infection). It could, of course, mean that you’re struggling with urinary incontinence

If you’re wondering how often is too often, that really depends on what is normal for you. If you’ve noticed a change in your behaviour, that might indicate a problem.

Whatever the situation, if you’re concerned about how often you’re going to the toilet, make sure you see your GP, because these conditions are much easier to treat when they are caught early. 

Pain when peeing

If you experience a burning sensation or pain when peeing, this could be a sign that you’re dehydrated (especially if your pee is a dark yellow) but it could also be a symptom of a UTI, or a prostate infection (prostatitis), or perhaps kidney stones. There’s also a chance that it could be bladder cancer and, in a few very rare instances, it could indicate a cancer of the penis


One thing that we haven’t included here, but is never something to be overlooked is blood in pee. If you see blood in your pee, even if it is just the once, go and see your GP right away. 

Problems when you’re peeing are quite common and are often nothing serious, but if you are experiencing any problems when you’re peeing, then you need to go and see your GP. Urology diseases, like many other diseases, are easier to cure if they are caught early.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

If you're struggling with an urgent need to use the bathroom, you might benefit from ordering a Need to Pee card. These cards are aimed at getting you access to toilets when the urge strikes. Find out more and get yours here


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