Visiting a doctor
People with incontinence often dismiss their problem or are so embarrassed they keep it a secret from their doctor or relatives. It is important to know that by putting off a doctor’s visit, you risk worsening the condition that makes you incontinent. Don’t postpone a visit.
Know What to Expect and Prepare for Your Visit:
- Write down any questions you want to ask your doctor - remember you have the right to ask about anything concerning your health.
- Keep a urinary diary for a few days before the visit - the more information your doctor has, the more precise and accurate their advice will be.
What questions to expect from the doctor:
- When does urine loss occur – when laughing, lifting heavy objects, during exercise, etc.
- Does urine loss happen on your way to the toilet.
- How often do you feel the urge to urinate
- Do you need to “push” hard in order to urinate.
- What does the stream of urine look like when voiding the bladder (continuous/interrupted)
- Do you use absorbent products or take medicine which can influence the state of your urinary system.
- What is your lifestyle, do you smoke etc.