Visiting a doctor
It is often the case that people with incontinence belittle their problem, or they are so embarrassed, that they keep it a secret and never reveal it to their doctor or relatives. It is important to know that by putting away the visit to the doctor you risk worsening the condition which makes you incontinent. Don’t postpone the visit.
It is difficult to overcome the embarrassment, so prepare for the visit:
- Write down all the questions you want to ask so you don’t forget anything during the visit – remember that 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 will your doctor find from it, the more precise and accurate his advice will be.
What questions to expect from the doctor:
- When urine loss occurs – 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.
- How 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.
After the interview the doctor can direct you to an urologist. It is difficult to make a diagnosis judging only on the symptoms, so probably you will be ordered to go through specialist tests, carry out a urine analysis and undergo other examination. The outcome of these tests will help the doctor to choose proper treatment. Be prepared for a physical examination (urological / gynecological examination).