Urinary incontinence is often women’s little secret. Despite it being a common issue, it can feel difficult to discuss even with healthcare professionals. This article suggests the kind of information you can give to help your GP to understand the issue.
The most important thing to remember is that doctors are used to talking about these problems. They hear about all sorts of bladder and bowel symptoms from their patients, so don’t feel embarrassed.
Even if your problems are mild, it's still worth asking about them - if they are worrying you. They can be treated! Your doctor may refer you to a urologist or urogynaecologist – experts in treating these problems if your she/he thinks a specialist can help.
Here are some tips on how to get the conversation started.
What should I tell my doctor?
- My last pelvic exam was ______ (days, weeks, months, years) ago.
- I have ______ child(ren) and delivered ______ (vaginally/by caesarean section).
- I’m having some or all the following symptoms:
- Pain, pressure or a bulge “down there”
- Trouble urinating or passing a bowel movement
- “Leaking” or needing to use the bathroom frequently
- Pain during urination
- My symptoms started ______ (days, weeks, months, years) ago.
- I have these symptoms ______ (daily, a few times a week, sometimes, etc.).
- I want to find ways to treat or cure these symptoms.
Most Women Who Seek Help Find Relief
It’s a good start to start talking about urinary incontinence. Most women who seek help find that their symptoms improve. Bladder issues can be treated, and your quality of life can significantly improve. Get evaluated and review potential treatment options for bladder dysfunction. The more you know, the more confident you will be in choosing treatment.
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