Post Micturition Dribble
Post micturition dribble or after dribble refers to the loss of a small amount of urine after emptying your bladder. Most men find this annoying and embarrassing as it can leave its tell-tale sign on the front of your pants. This occurs when the urethra does not empty completely and leaks its remaining drops after you have walked away from the toilet. The muscles surrounding the urethra do not contract properly and can prevent the bladder for emptying completely.
If you do experience post micturition dribble it is important that you seek further help if you experience: difficulty starting the flow of urine, pain with urination, urgency, blood stained urine, straining to empty your bladder or opening your bladder more than twice a night.
Management of post micturition dribble includes:
- A thorough assessment of the condition, medical history and current health, including diet and fluid intake, exercise levels and mobility, all the medicines you are currently taking, and any other factors that could affect bladder function and emptying
- Physical assessment of the pelvic floor function, strength and endurance
- Rehabilitation which may include pelvic floor exercises, bladder retraining, void retraining and life style changes including corrections to bladder habits.
- Use of Real Time Ultrasound to facilitate rehabilitation
- Assistance with continence aids such as pads and pants.
Outcomes from treatment may include:
- Performance of correct pelvic floor muscles exercises which can increase the size, strength and length of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Confidence that you are doing the exercises correctly
- Decreased leakage and reduced usage of pads
- Improved control
- Improved understanding of the post micturition dribble and strategies implemented to maintain improved function.
- Increased confidence