Tricks to Deal with AUR (acute urinary retention)

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Last update: April 8, 2023

This webpage shares my personal collection of ideas for what to try when all of a sudden, as an aging male with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), you find yourself completely unable to urinate. This is a serious medical emergency.

First here is some background information about this webpage, and some "free advice" on living with BPH.

Since my body didn't come with an instruction manual, I seem to be writing my own!

Standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice. I offer this just in case it helps you with useful ideas. Personal discretion is advised.

First of all: Don't panic. Paradoxically you need to relax as much as you can, even though the clock is ticking to get to an ER if you can't fix the problem yourself, say by using any of the methods below.

AUR reminders (specific to the author! whose AUR always happens early in the night):

For the record, these suggestions don't seem to work for me: