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i had sex about4 days ago and i’ve been experiencing an inability to empty my bladder. i urinate (sometimes a good amount comes out sometimes a little bit comes out) and still feel like i have pee left in me or my bladder feels full. i have had a uti twice before. the symptoms didn’t come on until about 2 days after sex. i have no other symptoms but i ususallly don’t get others symptoms with utis. is this urinary retention or a uti? 

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    Please go to the doctor for tests and a diagnosis.  A uti can cause urinary retention, but you need to see a doctor before things get worse.
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      In addition to lab work, the doc should have the urine cultured, to determine  what bacteria is involved before an antibiotic is prescribed. Remember, that each person has a balance of both good and "bad" bacteria.  

      Usually, when you have an infection, there's an over growth of "bad" bacteria. It is important to have a good balance, so find a probiotic to take to help keep your bacteria in balance.

      Get a probiotic that is enteric coated, one that will survive the acid in your stomach, One with many different types of bacterial cultures is best.  Take it daily, especially when you're taking antibiotics.  

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    Yes, see a doctor and do a urine sample for the doctor to send to a lab for analysis. My GP has usually looked to see if the urine is cloudy, indicating there are probably dead white blood cells in the urine, and done a dip test where the colours on the stick indicate whether there is an infection. Then an antibiotic has been prescribed. Trouble is, some antibiotics are ineffective due to bacterial resistance, so identifying the exact organism is needed to determine which antibiotic will be most effective. Too many UTIs can eventually cause kidney damage, which has happened in my case. This can eventually be serious, so act promptly if you can.

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