10 questions you need to ask your doctor about incontinence

September 17, 2023 3 min read

Here are 10 questions to ask yourself if you suspect incontinence.

1. Are there several forms of incontinence?

Yes. There are three main classifications for incontinence, including:
Urine leakage caused by any type of "stress," such as laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercise, is known as stress incontinence. Stress incontinence can result from the pressure that obesity puts on the bladder.

Overactive bladder or urge incontinence: If the nerves connecting the bladder to the brain are compromised, it may result in an uncontrollable, abrupt bladder contraction.

When stress and urge incontinence combine, a person may leak while exercising and experience a strong urge to urinate. This condition is known as mixed incontinence.

Other forms include overflow and functional incontinence, which are both characterized as persistent urination.

2. What causes incontinence?

Depending on your circumstances, incontinence is easily curable because it is a symptom, not a sickness. You can ensure you're receiving the best treatment for your issue by fully disclosing all of your symptoms to your doctor.

3. What should I do to prepare for a doctor’s appointment?

You could save time by calling your doctor's office before your visit to find out what has to be done in advance. Making the most of your appointment involves writing down all of your symptoms, making a note of any medications you're taking, making a separate list of your medical conditions, and writing down some questions to ask.

4. What kind of tests do I need to take?

Your doctor would thoroughly inquire about your medical history and probably perform a routine physical examination before performing any testing. They could ask you to keep a bladder diary and submit to a urinalysis (a urine test). Depending on your circumstances, additional special tests might be necessary.

5. Can medication cause or worsen incontinence?

Certain pharmaceutical drugs may worsen or contribute to incontinence. Talk to your doctor if you believe the medicine you are taking may be a contributing factor to your incontinence.

6.How can I better manage incontinence?

 It is essential to address this with your doctor as there are numerous ways to manage incontinence so your day is less disrupted. In some cases, changing your lifestyle choices may be beneficial. You can take action by cutting back on your caffeine intake, giving up smoking, or exercising more. Incontinence may be lessened or cured by these actions.

7. What are my treatment options?

There are numerous methods for addressing incontinence problems. These include non-invasive methods like pelvic floor exercises, managing liquids and food, bladder training, and medication. In addition to surgery, treatment options include interventional therapy like botox or injections of bulking agents.

8. How will I know I need surgery?

In most cases, incontinence can be treated without surgery. Typically, you can discuss surgery with your doctor after trying out a number of alternative therapy options.

9. What are the risks and benefits of surgery?

An increased risk of urinary tract or wound infections, harm to the bladder, intestines, blood vessels, or nerves, and ongoing or worsened urine issues are some general hazards associated with incontinence procedures. The ability to have surgery the same day, have a speedy recovery, and have your symptoms disappear are some advantages of various procedures.

10. What other treatment options are available to me?

Products for incontinence can reduce the discomfort and difficulty of having incontinence. We're happy to offer a solution for you and your lifestyle with our underwear, pads and liners.


Additional resources

[1] http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/pelvic/faq/urinary-incontinence.html

[2] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/basics/causes/con-20037883

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/basics/preparing-for-your-appointment/con-20037883

[4] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20037883

[5] http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/4-medications-that-cause-or-worsen-incontinence

[6] https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/incontinence-prevention-tips

[7] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/basics/treatment/con-20037883

[8] http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Surgery-for-Stress-Urinary-Incontinence