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Acute (Overt) Urinary Retention-Postpartum

By Anonymous October 22, 2010 - 12:45pm
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I have 2 children and am currently pregnant with the third. With both of my children, I gave birth vaginally and with an epidural. After delivery, I was completely unable to urinate at all for approx. 2 months. I had all the sensations, saw the urologist several times (all their various tests showed that the bladder should've been operating normally), but to no avail. Neither the OB or the urologist seemed to have a clue about why this happens.

I'm starting to wonder if it's the birth process or the anesthetic itself, and I'm trying to learn b/c if it's the anesthetic it would be worth it for me to do a natural birth rather than suffer for 2 months.

Any suggestions you might have as to where to look for information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

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Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for your question, and for finding EmpowHER. Congrats on being pregnant with #3! How exciting...
I also know how anxiety about what you may have endured in labor and delivery (and afterward) can get to you. Here is an article I found about your concern. As suspected, it can be caused at least in part by anesthetic, but please read the whole article for the full picture so you'll be more empow(H)ered this time when it comes time for that little one to come out:
Causes of Acute Urinary Retention in Women
Perhaps you could mention it to the person who administers your anesthesia this time and they can advise you if they think a different type of medication would have a better effect on you.
Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

October 22, 2010 - 1:20pm
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