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Urinary Symptoms - IPSS

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms:

The lower urinary tract comprises the bladder and the tube urine passes through out of the body (urethra).

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are common in men and women as they get older.

They can include:

  • problems with storing urine, such as an urgent or frequent need to go to the toilet, or feeling like you need to go straight after you've just been
  • problems with passing urine, such as a slow stream of urine, straining to pass urine, or stopping and starting as you pass urine
  • problems after you've passed urine, such as feeling that you've not completely emptied your bladder or passing a few drops of urine after you think you've finished
  • getting up at night to pass urine more than once

Experiencing LUTS can make urinary incontinence more likely. If you feel as though your urinary symptoms are affecting your quality of life, please speak to your GP.

The International Prostatic Symptom Score (IPSS) helps urologists to better understand the severity of a patient’s symptoms. It is helpful in determining the appropriate treatment, and then in monitoring any improvement.

There are eight questions relating to different symptoms you might be experiencing – six generic questions, one regarding your quality of life as it relates to your urinary habits, and one specifically relating to night-time urination (nocturia.) If night-time urination is a specific problem for you, there is a bladder diary and factsheet to download and take to your GP, and further specific resources available to you online.

Normal urination:

Great, your score suggests that you don’t suffer from significant urinary symptoms, but if you want to keep your urinary system healthy and maintain good health check out the helpful advice below:

Lifestyle

Urinary Symptoms Factsheet

Night-time urinary symptoms:

While your daytime urination seems normal, it sounds as though you might be experiencing bothersome night-time urination. There are helpful treatments available and we recommend that you book a visit to see your GP. Before you go, download the PCUS bladder diary and fill out the three days, list any symptoms you’ve had, any medications you’re taking, and any questions you have for your healthcare professional.

In the meantime, you can find some helpful advice on urinary symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle below :

Lifestyle

Urinary Symptoms Factsheet

Mild/Moderate urinary symptoms:

Your score suggests that you are suffering from mild to moderate urinary symptoms. There are helpful treatments available and we recommend that you book a visit to see your GP. Before you go, download the PCUS bladder diary and fill out the three days, list any symptoms you’ve had, any medications you’re taking, and any questions you have for your healthcare professional.

In the meantime, you can find some helpful advice on urinary symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle below :

Lifestyle

Urinary Symptoms Factsheet

Mild/Moderate daytime and night-time urinary symptoms:

Your score suggests that you are suffering from mild to moderate urinary symptoms during the day, and excessive night-time urination. There are helpful treatments available and we recommend that you book a visit to see your GP. Before you go, download the PCUS bladder diary and fill out the three days, list any symptoms you’ve had, any medications you’re taking, and any questions you have for your healthcare professional.

In the meantime, you can find some helpful advice on urinary symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle below :

Lifestyle

Urinary Symptoms Factsheet

It sounds as though you might be experiencing bothersome urinary symptoms:

It sounds as though you might be experiencing bothersome urinary symptoms. There are helpful treatments available and we recommend that you book a visit to see your GP. Before you go, download the PCUS bladder diary and fill out the three days, list any symptoms you’ve had, any medications you’re taking, and any questions you have for your healthcare professional.

In the meantime, you can find some helpful advice on urinary symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle below :

Lifestyle

Urinary Symptoms Factsheet

More tips and treatment info is available at: www.SexualAdviceAssociation.co.uk/