Acute Urinary Retention, Female

Urinary retention means you are unable to pee completely or at all (empty your bladder).

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • If you are sent home with a tube that drains the bladder (catheter), there will be a drainage bag attached to it.

  • Keep the drainage bag emptied.

  • Keep the drainage bag lower than the tube.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have chills.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You feel sick.

  • You develop belly (abdominal) or back pain.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.