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After I go for a pee I feel I need to go again and again, why?

Expert advice from our very own resident specialist and practising NHS GP, Dr Zoe Williams.

Here’s what readers asked her this week. . .

Dr Zoe Williams answers some common questions sent in by readers

Q) AFTER I have passed urine I feel the need to go again and always have a little bit of urine left. Why is this?

A) Feeling as if you need to pee right after you just passed urine could be a symptom of a urinary tract infection.

If it’s been going on for a long time it could also be linked to consuming bladder irritants like alcohol, caffeine or fizzy drinks, so it might be worth reducing or avoiding these for a week or so to see if it makes a difference.

These types of drinks are just one possible cause of an overactive bladder, others include stress and neurological problems, but for many people the cause remains unknown.

Frequent urination can also be a symptom of conditions like interstitial cystitis or pelvic issues so if simple measures don’t work then it’s important to speak to your GP.

There is another symptom to mention here – terminal dribbling.

It’s different to what you describe in that this is an involuntary ‘leakage’ of urine after having a wee.

It’s more common in men and is often caused by benign enlargement of the prostate gland, obstructing flow of urine from the bladder, but there are other causes too, including prostate cancer.

So anyone experiencing this should get it checked by their doctor.

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