What do you call it when you use the bathroom, and a little pee drips out even after you thought you were all done? This condition is called post void dribbling, also known as post micturition dribble. Although it’s more common in men, some women experience it too. So, we’re going to explain what post void dribbling is and what you can do about it.
What is Post void Dribbling?
Post void dribbling is when a little bit of urine drips out shortly after using the bathroom. The condition, in and of itself, is usually not serious. However, those who struggle with it would definitely say it’s annoying to deal with, like all types of incontinence are. Most women notice it’s a problem when there’s some urine on their toilet seat or in their pants after just using the bathroom.
Why Does it Happen?
Post void dribbling in women sometimes happens in those with some form of prolapse. It can also be a result of pee getting trapped in a urethral diverticulum. The urethral diverticulum is a pouch-like herniation in the urethral wall. With this condition, urine slips into the pouch every time pee passes through the urethra to exit the body. This sort of explains how you could pee and still have a little left behind. As the pouch fills, it’ll eventually overflow and leak some urine out, which is more likely to happen when you’ve just peed.
In other cases, post void dribbling happens when pee pools in the vagina while you’re urinating. When this occurs, the urine usually dribbles out after you’ve finished peeing.
This issue can also occur if you don’t take your time while peeing. Sometimes people get up from the toilet too soon because they think they’re done. Give your pelvic floor time to relax and let your bladder fully contract in order to get it all out.
Lastly, some people have physical or mental disabilities that cause them to be unable to sit upright on a toilet.
What Can You Do About It?
If you think post void dribbling is affecting you, we’re sure you’re hoping for a solution. The best thing you can do is contact your doctor to rule out any underlying conditions. They’ll likely provide you with a few tips and suggestions to navigate the condition (for example, bladder leak pads like the ones offered by Lily Bird). In addition to that, you can also try this double voiding technique at home:
- Tip your bladder forward by sitting on the toilet with your feet on a stool and your forearms resting on your knees.
- Close your eyes and practice diaphragm breathing. This process will help your pelvic floor muscles relax and let the urine out.
- Once you’ve stopped peeing, stand up and then sit back down on the toilet. You’ll want to repeat the first two steps again.
- After you’ve completely stopped peeing, do 5 Kegel exercises to remind the bladder that it’s time to relax again. This step helps improve the coordination between your bladder, pelvic floor, and brain. It also allows those with prolapse or a pouch to let that last bit of urine shift over the urethra and come out.
At this time, there are no effective drug or surgical treatments for this form of incontinence. However, working with your doctor, doing the technique above, and strengthening your pelvic floor is likely to help.
There Is Still More To Learn About Post void Dribbling
Post void dribbling is not common in women, but it’s still a topic worth researching. One study found that pre- and peri-menopausal women are more likely to experience post void dribbling. They also discovered that age, body mass index (BMI), and genital hiatus length influences rather or not this condition happens to postmenopausal women. Findings like this help researchers learn how post void dribbling happens and what they can do to treat women dealing with it. For now, we must use what we know to make the best out of the situation.
By Jessica Thomas, MPH