Passing a Kidney Stone With Urine

Aastha Kapoor   by Aastha Kapoor, MS, Biotechnology    Last updated on April 18, 2019,

passing of kidney stones


What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones (renal lithiasis, nephrolithiasis) are hard deposits that are formed in kidneys and could be extremely painful for an individual. Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine. Deyhydration is also considered a major culprit. Read more about Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi): Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

See also: kidney stones do not pass on their own.

Medicines and procedures to help pass kidney stones

Calcium channel blockers

This category of drugs is usually recommended for Tips To Dissolve Kidney Stones Naturally: What Helps Pass Kidney Stones?

What are the factors that affect passing of a kidney stone from the kidneys?

There are several factors which influence the ability to pass a kidney stone, which are as follows:

Size of the stone

Size of the kidneys, in about a month whereas a stone of size 5mm has 20% chance of passage in about 45 days.

Stone of size > 6mm, if passed naturally, can take a longer time such as about a year. Stones having a size > 9-10mm cannot pass on their own. They will require specific medical treatment to help pass them through the urinary tract.

Location of a kidney stone

The location of the kidney stone also affects its normal passage from the kidneys. If kidney stones are present in the ureter closer to the bladder rather than the end portion close to the kidneys, there are about 79% chances of them to pass on their own. If the stones are present in the ureter section closer to the bladder, then there are about 48% chances that stones will pass from the kidney stones within the kidney stone might be painful. You can take ibuprofen or other painkillers as suggested by your doctor to reduce the pain and also speed up the process of passing the stone.

  • A heating pad can also be used to reduce pain.

Passing of kidney stones in males VS females

The chances of occurrences of kidney stones in males are higher as compared to females, but presently this scenario has started changing and a higher incidence rate is observed in middle aged women and pregnant ladies. This increased risk is possibly due to high salt intake, increased sugar consumption, diabetes and obesity.

The symptoms indicating the presence of kidney stones in males and females may also vary. In some cases, no sign of passing a stone is observed in males. But in some cases, they may experience pain in the back and testicular region. But the pain is usually not as severe as experienced by females. Females also commonly experience nausea, vomiting and change in color and smell of urine.

The symptoms experienced by females include severe pain in the back that travels to the abdomen and pelvic region, presence of kidney stone is present near the As soon as the stone enters the bladder, the pain is experienced in the groin area, whose intensity is decreased. At this stage, the urgency to urinate may increase. Some people might observe other specific signs also during the passing of kidney stones. You should consult a physician from time to time.