Talking to Your Doctor about Incontinence

Do you suffer from some form of incontinence? Incontinence is a serious medical disorder that can be embarrassing. It is also a very common medical condition. However, although incontinence is generally very common, especially among older populations, it is not normal. You do not have to suffer from incontinence in silence.

Visit your health professional to find out your options for how to go about treating your incontinence. Here is an overview of questions you may want to discuss with your doctor concerning your incontinence.

Basic Questions

There are many basic questions you should ask your doctor if you suspect that you have some kind of incontinence. First, ask your doctor what kind of incontinence you have. There are actually many types of incontinence.

You may also want to ask your doctor if you have more than one type of incontinence. Many people suffer from more than one type of incontinence. Once you have determined what type (or types) of incontinence you have, you will want to ask about all of your options.

Causes

Another set of questions that you will want to discuss with your doctor includes the causes of your incontinence. It is important to understand the underlying medical causes that may be responsible for causing your struggle with incontinence. As your doctor what foods and drinks you should avoid, or should be taking, to help alleviate the symptoms of incontinence.

You should also ask your doctor if there are any other medical conditions that may be aggravating your incontinence. Offer up any ideas that you may have regarding your condition.

Treatment

When it comes to considering treatment, there are many questions that you should ask your doctor to make sure that you understand your treatment options. There are many treatments available for bladder control. You and your doctor should find a treatment plan that targets your specific problems and symptoms.

If you have a very specific problem, you can ask your doctor if you should perhaps be referred to a doctor who specializes in female urinary incontinence.

There are also many important questions regarding treatment options that you should take the time to discuss with your doctor. Ask your doctor what kind of procedures are recommended for the type (or types) of incontinence that you have. Ask your doctor the advantages or disadvantages of using any kind of specific treatment over another.

Ask your doctor about any potential risks of your various treatment options. Also ask about any known complications that have been associated with your treatment options.

If you are a candidate for surgery, you will definitely want to have a list of questions regarding your surgery, including how much surgery will cost. You will want to know how much, if at all, your insurance plan will cover of your surgery cost.

You will want to know how long you will have to stay in the hospital, if at all. You will want to know how long after surgery you will be able to resume your normal activities and if there are any complications associated with your surgery.