At Your Appointment

Urinary Incontinence Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Urinary Incontinence. American Urological Association.
  2. Urinary Incontinence. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.