Uroflowmetry is a very simple test that tracks the flow of urine. It measures the total volume of urine released from the body, the speed at which it is released and how long the release takes.
When do you need to do the test?
If you show any signs of any urinary condition, such as:
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Difficulty in micturition
- Urinary incontinence
- Leaking after urination
Before the test (Preparation)
- Drink extra fluids so you will have plenty of urine for the test.
- Arrive at the doctor’s office with a full bladder.
- If possible, do not urinate for 2 hours before the test.
- The test is the most accurate if you urinate 150 milliliters or more.
How the test is performed
- You will urinate in a machine which looks like a regular toilet. The machine is equipped with a measuring device which can analyze and measure how much urine is being passed over during a set amount of time.
- You will be asked to begin urinating after the machine has started. When you finish, the machine then generates a report with some graphs.
After the test
The test involves normal urination. it is completely painless, so you should not experience any discomfort after the test.
The procedure takes about 5 minutes.