Urodynamics Testing

Urodynamics are a series of tests that thoroughly examine how your bladder works, both at rest and with activities such as coughing and increased abdominal pressure.

Tests may include

  • Having a doctor or nurse observe your urination process, or having you urinate into a toilet with a scale and collection device
  • Cystometry: Monitoring bladder pressure and behavior during filling with a special catheter
  • Electromyography: Measuring nerve and muscle activity with sensors placed around or inside the urethra
  • Video urodynamics (cystourethrogram): Using ultrasound to let your doctor see the lower urinary system

After the tests

  • You may feel discomfort for a few hours after the tests, but your doctor will usually recommend drinking lots of water, taking a warm bath, or using a warm compress.
  • You may need to take antibiotics for a few days to prevent infection.

To provide you with helpful health information related to urodynamics testing, please refer to the following articles on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website: