It's Time to Treat Overactive Bladder

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Urinary Incontinence Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a bladder diary? Can we review it?
  • How often are you having symptoms? How severe are they?
  • Do you feel that your current treatment is effective? Why or why not?
  • Have you had any rashes or sores on your skin in the area?
  • How much are your symptoms affecting your social, physical, work or sexual activities? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experience urine leakage, urgency, dribbling of urine, incomplete emptying, or blood in your urine? What activities, if any, trigger these symptoms?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms? How severe are they?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • How often do you need to urinate? Do you always make it to the bathroom in time?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? What past surgeries have you had?
  • Do you smoke or drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages? How often?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your incontinence medicine?
  • What tests and treatments for incontinence have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my urinary symptoms?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose urinary incontinence? What should I expect and how long does it take to get results?
  • What treatments are available for urinary incontinence?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • What type of urinary incontinence do I have? Is it temporary?
  • How effective are bladder training and pelvic floor exercises?
  • How much liquid should I drink in a day?
  • Are there foods, drinks or activities I should avoid? What activities are best?
  • How can I protect my skin and control odor?
  • When do you recommend surgery? How would it help me?
  • Could a different medicine work better or without as many side effects?
  • What could be contributing to my new symptoms?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my urinary incontinence?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
  1. Urinary Incontinence. American Urological Association. http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/urinary-incontinence
  2. Urinary Incontinence. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352814
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