Month: April 2021

How to read Uroflow results?

What is Uroflow?

Uroflow vs. Uroflowmeter vs. Uroflowmetry vs. ?

Firstly, yes it is a bit confusing. But, these are all the same. Uroflowmetry is a diagnostic assessment of the urinary tract functionality. Your Urologist or physical therapist suggest performing a uroflow test, in case they suspect that you are suffering while urinating, or have a weak flow rate (stream).

Uroflow, or Uroflowmetry is a test to measure the flow (rate) of micturition. During the test, the uroflow device, a Uroflowmeter, tracks urine flow in mL/sec. It reports Urination volume, meaning, how much urine flows out. It is that simple. Urination Time in seconds, means, How long it takes to urinate.

boy urine flow rate

Interpretation of uroflowmetry results

What is Qmax?

While we measure the total volume of the urination is in mL (milliliter), the flow rate is measured in mL/second, and the Qmax is the value of the highest flow rate measured during the test. In other words, Qmax is the fastest stream measured in mL/s.

Weak flow = Low Qmax

Slow urination speed = Low Qmax

Flat urination chart = Low Qmax

What is Qmax illustration of Uroflow results

Low Qmax value is commonly a sign of obstruction. It is a common symptom of BPH. In men – Benign prostatic hypertrophy. Enlargement of the prostate gland, or block of the urethra. Also, it can point to another abnormality related to the Lower Urinary Tract.

QmaxInterpretation *
is higher than 15ml/secNormal
10-15ml/secEquivocal
is lower than 10ml/secObstruction or weak detrusor
General ‘rule of thumb’ interpretation. Please advise your doctor.

How exactly is a urine flow test performed?

In a clinic, with the conventional method, a nurse will ask you to urinate into a funnel-shaped container placed on a scale-like electronic device. It is important to know that you can not put any toilet paper in the toilet or device.

After your bladder is full, you’ll need to pee normally without manipulating the speed. A conventional electric uroflowmeter hooked up to the toilet record the flow rate and quantity of urination. And of course, never urinate until the machine is on and ready.

Conventional in-clinic Uroflow
Conventional in-clinic Uroflow

Then, when you’ve finished the machine will send or print your results to your doctor. The uroflow test can help the doctor in identifying the causes of urinary difficulties.

iUFlow Uroflowmeter vs. in clinic Uroflow

As you may noticed, this is normally a bother, iUFlow Uroflowmeter is the solution to get more accurate data about your bladder behavior.

iUFlow is a wireless and disposable uroflowmeter

iUFlow is a uroflowmeter for home use. iUFlow uses built-in sensors to easily and objectively measure volume, flow rates and frequency of a patient’s voiding activities during a prescribed interval. An easy urine Uroflowmetry test at home.

iUFlow uroflowmeter at home

Yes, iUFlow was designed to make life easier. iUFlow was built especially for those who suffer from BPH, Overactive bladder, Nocturia, Pelvic floor related issues, or other LUTS (Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms).

How do I get the measurements results of iUFlow? Can it measure Qmax and Volume?

Of course, the iUFlow Uroflowmeter syncs the result in real-time to the iUFlow Bladder Diary app (free and supported on both Android® and Apple® platforms) and iUFlow dashboard. So, your doctor can interpret the result at the same moment that the measurement is completed and bladder data is synced.

iUFlow portal
iUFlow dashboard

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding iUFlow or if you have any question about interpretation of uroflowmetry results.

4.9⭐ “I have been suffering from repeat UTIs and the doctor wanted me to monitor my urination frequency. So far, its been simply and easy to use and the data chart is great.”

Weak Urine Flow? a sign of BPH for men, or Cystocele? Better approach

Slow starting or problems with keeping a steady flow stream affect women and men.

The common cause of weak urine flow in men is BPH. BPH is Benign prostatic hyperplasia. In many cases, weak stream is a symptom of a bladder that isn’t emptying normally. In the case of BPH, the enlarged prostate causing a partial block of the tube that carries urine out of the penis (the Urethra). A ‘slow’ Uroflowmetry chart (Qmax) is commonly a clear sign. It is a visualization of a weak urine flow rate.

Weak urine flow ratelow Qmax
Slow urination low Qmax

Weak Urine Flow, slow flow rate? Let’s talk about that

Unstressed muscles can cause the bladder to not fully discharge. Suffering from a disease related to the nervous system? For example: Parkinson’s or MS (Multiple Sclerosis) the risk is higher for bladder and urination issues.

iUFlow BPH description

Bladder Prolapse

For women, bladder prolapse, or cystocele, is the main cause for urination flow issues. The bladder leaks and bulges through the pelvic floor muscles into the vagina.

Other bladder related situations can point to incontinence, overactive bladder (OAB), UTI and kidney malfunctioning.

If you’re suffering from symptoms like: painful urination, cloudy urine or blood in your urine > these are clearly a sign to call for help.

Your Urologist or Physical therapist in clinic will likely be interested to get objective data about your bladder behavior – in the form of a bladder diary and Uroflow test. With the iUFlow device and app, you can come prepared and provide both accurately. This can make the diagnosis process to be much shorter and more precise.

iUFlow Urge Leakeage
Urination – difficulty with flow

Why is my urine stream not as strong?

Go with the Flow:

Check out the iUFlow app and get an iUFlow PRO urine flow monitoring device

iUFlow app
  1. Track your bladder with the iUFlow app and iUFlow PRO urine flow monitoring device
  2. Be active. Physical activity can prevent you from retaining urine.
  3. Kegel exercises.

Voiding Diary PDF (Printer friendly)

Voiding Diary PDF – conventional pen and paper style.

Download or print your own urine diary form using this link

The FVC (Frequency volume chart) is the conventional tool to monitor your bladder behavior.

In case of UTI (urinary tract infection), Incontinence, BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia), Nocturia, Overactive Bladder, Kidney related symptoms or lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS):

Voiding Diary PDF

Please complete your bladder diary for at least 72 hours (24×3).

Name: ______________________________

Clinic Name: __________________________

Date | TimeUrine volumeDrinks volumeLeakageUrgeDescription
Date and Time am/pmThe exact amount of pee in mLThe exact amount of intake in mL / ozDid you experience any accidental leakage?
Rank it 0-4
How strong was the urge to go? Rank it 0-4 
      
      
      
      
An example of a diary form

Indicate to what degree you had:
•Leakage before getting to the toilet
•Urgency to go to the toilet.
Add a short note (optional).

Download or print your own bladder diary form: Download/Print Voiding Diary form

Printable conventional bladder diary

This bladder diary form is printable and free to use. If you don’t feel like carrying this paper version of the voiding diary with you, check out our digital voiding app. iUFlow – Bladder diary. It is FREE on both Android and iOS app stores.

What is iUFlow?

Read what is iUFlow and why you should probably consider getting one.

Why iUFlow Uroflow?

Bladder management with iUFlow. iUFlow is a connected platform. In short, it assists doctors with the accurate diagnosis and monitoring of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). Some symptoms can be mild and should be monitored. If you’re suffering from symptoms like: painful urination, cloudy urine or blood in your urine. These are clearly a sign to call for help. Consult your Urologist or primary care.

The iUFlow system integrate two components. So patients can capture their voiding activities at home. And then, send a full clinical report to their physical therapist or urologist.

An app for your Bladder? What’s #1 Bladder Diary (TOP 2021 compare)

Are you after a Bladder diary app? There’s an app for everything today. And of course, there are various apps for UTI, Overactive bladder, incontinence and Nocturia.

iUFlow Voiding Diary app person holding iphone
Credit: Nordwood themes unsplash.com

There are various apps for Notcutira Polyuria, Urge, incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms.

AndroidiOS
TopBladder Diary Apps
not iUFlow calendar
Miction Calendar – Bladder diary ⭐⭐⭐ 3.3

Calendario Micción – Miction Calendar. Allows you to keep a detailed diary of urination on your smartphone. So you can note down it anywhere, anytime, no need to use papers

Voiding diary
Voiding Diary ⭐⭐⭐ 3.6

With this diary you will be able to record your daily liquid intakes, voids, leaks of urine and pad changes for three days. Having finished the records for the three days, you can send the report to your doctor via email.

iUFlow Bladder diary icon
Bladder Diary by iUFlow ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.9

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An easy and effective way to log your daily activity. This version of iUFlow Premium is Free and Unlimited, allowing you to impress your doctor with detailed data about your bladder activity. (Important: you don’t need to buy the iUFlow uroflow in order to use this freemium)

The app enables the recording of intake and output (urine) to track bladder activities, as well as recording bowel movement – poo – using a Bristol chart (to track normal, constipation, diarrhea etc) for a perfect digestive tracker and poo journal.

Keep track of your bladder and bowel movements easily on your mobile, then easily share the diary with your doctor. A complete urine log or a bathroom log is a basic source of data for treatment.

You can also use the Bladder Diary App as a comfortable water/urine reminder during the time of completing your electronic bladder diary.

A detailed bladder diary may be important and useful for health issues related to kidneys, sleep behaviors, the cardiovascular system, prostate enlargement, urinary incontinence, and Lower Urinary Tract symptoms (LUTS).

person holding iUFlow urine diary

Available for Android and Apple mobile devices

🥉 We’re a bit biased, but we think the best solution is the one we developed. We are glad that thousands of users with ~1000 reviews agree with us.

“I have been suffering from repeat UTIs and the Dr wanted me to monitor my urination frequency and I found this App. So far its been simply and easy to use and the data chart is great. It is slightly annoying that i was getting the pop up for connecting your iuflow when I don’t have and the reminder feature seems a bit pointless to me but easy to switch off. Overall a very good app.” ★★★★★