Visiting your doctor is the first step to treating urinary incontinence. To prepare for your appointment, create a list of questions to ask your doctor so you can better understand your bladder control issues. Here’s a few to get you started:
- What is the cause of my condition?
Urinary incontinence is a symptom stemming from an underlying condition. Causes can range from anything from a urinary tract infection to an enlarged prostate. Proper treatment can be advised after a cause(s) is determined.
- How can I treat urinary incontinence?
Treatment depends on the type and severity of bladder leakage. Your doctor may recommend medications or incontinence supplies to help treat your loss of bladder control. You can also make simple lifestyle changes, such as performing pelvic floor exercises, to help minimize symptoms.
- Will I experience any side effects after treatment?
Certain medications and surgical procedures can cause side effects; be sure to ask your doctor before undergoing any treatment.
- Will I need surgery?
Surgery is usually the last resort after all other treatments have been explored. Your physician can help you determine if surgical treatment is the right option for you.
- How will this condition affect me in the long term?
Bladder leakage is usually improved with proper treatment. However, depending on the cause, incontinence can be constantpermanent. Fortunately, there are ways to help you manage it.
- What should I do if my condition is interfering with my emotional health?
Incontinence can leave you emotionally distressed. Your doctor may suggest counselors or support groups that can help you maintain your emotional well-being.
- Should I see a specialist?
If your doctor is not specifically trained to treat urinary incontinence, he/she may refer you to a specialist, such as an urologist, a urogynecologist, or a geriatrician.
Remember to keep an open discussion with your doctor so that you receive the best treatment plan for your incontinence needs.