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Talking to Your Doctor About Urinary Incontinence
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and ask questions you may not have thought of to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and ask for clarification if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions about where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Based on my medical history, am I at risk of developing urinary incontinence?
- Should I start Kegel exercises or estrogen cream (for women) now to help prevent incontinence later on?
- Do any of the medications I take increase my risk?
- Are there other things I can do to reduce my risk?
- What could have caused my incontinence?
- Is there more than one factor/cause?
- What topical treatment do you recommend to keep the urine from breaking down my skin?
- Are there other complications that I should be aware of?
- What treatment plan do you recommend?
- Are there any new treatments that might be better than the current standard?
- Do you recommend that I participate in a clinical trial?
- Is there a clinical trial appropriate for me?
- Are there any medications that will supplement my fluid restriction and prolong the time between visits to the bathroom?
- Will medications like these be safe for me to use?
- How often should I do Kegel exercises?
- What about regular physical exercise, what type of exercise is safest for me?
- Can I be cured?
- If I am cured, could the problem return?
- Will my treatment have any lasting negative effects?
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014