When reviewing a patient’s chart, I noticed that they exhibited the symptom of “urinary hesitancy.” I realized that I was unfamiliar with this term, as I had only ever heard of “urinary incontinence.” Urinary incontinence refers to a situation where an individual urinates when they do not mean to (Nordqvist, 2017). On the other hand, urinary hesitancy refers to a difficulty initiating or maintaining a stream of urine. Men are more likely to exhibit urinary hesitancy, but some women also exhibit this symptom. The most common cause of urinary hesitancy in men is an enlarged prostate. Meanwhile, the most common cause of urinary hesitancy in women is pregnancy or childbirth. Interestingly, it is only recommended to see if a doctor if the urinary hesitancy is a recurring issue (Fletcher, 2018); this indicated to me that urinary hesitancy may occur often, but it may not be a reoccurring issue for most people.
References
Fletcher, J. (2018, Mar 1). Urinary hesitancy: Causes in men and women. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321087.php
Nordqvist, C. (2017, Dec 14). Urinary Incontinence: What you need to know. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/165408.php