Urinary Retention

Urinary Retention Your Health

Treatment Options

Treatment Options for
Urinary Retention

There are several treatment options for urinary retention, including neuromodulation.* If other treatments haven’t worked for you, talk to your doctor about ways that neuromodulation may be able to help.


Your doctor may recommend intermittent self-catheterisation, a procedure where you insert a catheter into the urinary tract long enough to empty the bladder and then remove it, at regular intervals.

Behavioral Techniques

Some people can reduce their symptoms of urinary retention with lifestyle changes, fluid and diet modification, bladder retraining, Kegel exercises or other kinds of physical therapy.


Your doctor may prescribe medications to help control the symptoms of urinary retention. Some of these medications help the bladder muscle to squeeze better and may improve your ability to urinate.

Sacral Neuromodulation

Sacral neuromodulation sends mild electrical pulses to the nerves that control the bladder and the muscles related to urination. It helps the brain and the nerves to communicate so the bladder can function properly. Sacral neuromodulation is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device.

*Sacral neuromodulation is not indicated for obstructive urinary retention. Not all forms of non-obstructive urinary retention can be treated with sacral neuromodulation therapy.

This website is intended to be educational and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is not intended to replace the information provided to you by your healthcare providers and does not constitute medical advice. The information may not be directly applicable for your individual clinical circumstance. Please talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.