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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Urinary Incontinence

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Incontinence San Pablo Commercial

The first step in diagnosing urinary incontinence is to talk to your doctor and/or healthcare provider about the symptoms you are experiencing. Some people find it helpful to use questions like these to help begin the conversation:
  • I am afraid to be too far from a bathroom or change of clothes because of leaking. What can I do to manage this problem better?
  • I've changed my daily habits because I am afraid of "accidents". What can I do to get my life back?
  • I have stopped exercising or playing sports because I leak urine. Can you help me get back to doing the things I enjoy?
  • I have become uncomfortable with myself and my body because I leak urine. What can I do to regain control?
  • I avoid having sex because I am worried that I may leak. Please help me learn some strategies to help with this?
Tell your healthcare provider about your symptoms and feelings. Talk about how your life is affected. 

Prepare A List of Symptoms & Questions Before Your Doctor's Appointment

Before your visit write down your symptoms and questions. Write down a list of:

  • Your symptoms, how they affect you, and how often they occur
  • How often you go to the bathroom, or if you have any leaks or accidents
  • Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal medicines you take
  • Past and current illnesses, surgeries or injuries
  • Questions you want to ask & bring up the topic

Talk About Incontinence Management

When you speak with your doctor about incontinence, it helps to have a bladder diary on hand. The bladder diary is a tool used to track urinary patterns and lifestyle habits:
  • How many times a day you urinate,
  • When you experience accidental leaks (daytime, bedtime),
  • Your eating / drinking patterns for the last few days (e.g. water, caffeine intake)
You and your healthcare provider will go over it together in order to find the best course of treatment for you. You can also discuss best tips for incontinence management as well as potential lifestyle changes that can help.

Do I need to see a specialist for incontinence?

If you do not have a regular doctor, start with finding a Primary Care Provider who can often initiate treatment without sending you to a specialist. If necessary, they can refer you to a urologist or gynecologist. These are doctors who have more experience with pelvic floor conditions and may specialize in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) for more advanced treatment plans.


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