Talking to your doctor

Talking about urinary incontinence

Talking about incontinence issues with a urologist may be uncomfortable, but it is important to do so. Untreated urinary incontinence can lead to health problems like infections, skin rashes, or sexual dysfunction. It can also cause stress, depression, low self-esteem, or shame. These problems can lead to isolation and affect your work and social life.

The doctor can help to improve your symptoms or even cure your condition. Your doctor needs to find out which type of incontinence you have and what causes it. This will help to find the right treatment.

Your doctor or nurse is the best person for discussing any questions about incontinence. You should not feel embarrassed about asking about any of your concerns.

It can be useful to prepare some questions before you make an appointment. Examples of questions you can ask during consultation are:

  • Why is this happening to me?
  • Is there a cure for my problem?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Which treatment option would you recommend for me and why?
  • What will happen in the next months and years if I do not get treatment?
  • What will happen in the next months and years if I do get treatment?
  • Will medication help with my incontinence?
  • Are there any side effects to the medication?
  • Do I need surgery?
  • What surgical options are there for me?
  • How soon can I expect a result from the treatment?
  • How often will I have to go back to the doctor?

You do not need to ask all of them. Choose the ones you think are most important to you.