Question: How do I talk to my doctor about incontinence?

What type of doctor should I see for incontinence?

If you have urinary incontinence, youre likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in urinary tract disorders (urologist) or a gynecologist with special training in female bladder problems and urinary function (urogynecologist).

When should you see a doctor for incontinence?

When your incontinence is affecting your lifestyle If you find you need to use absorbent pads and frequently need to change underwear, and if you are anxious about exercise, intimacy and being too far from a bathroom, you need to see your doctor.

How do you talk about incontinence?

Start the conversation slowly by asking them about their general health, then move on to some of the signs of incontinence that youve noticed. Be prepared – they may get defensive and try to hide the problem. If that happens, try again. Be patient with them and try to be as accepting and understanding as possible.

Can incontinence be corrected?

Incontinence can often be cured or controlled. Talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do. What happens in the body to cause bladder control problems? The body stores urine in the bladder.

Should I talk to my doctor about incontinence?

Talk to your doctor about when your symptoms started and how long you have been experiencing them. There are many types of incontinence, so this is incredibly important. It is very important to observe as much as possible about your urinary incontinence so you and your doctor can develop the right treatment for you.

How do you tell someone you have incontinence?

Some ways to start the conversation might be:“Ive been dealing with a health issue for a while and could really use someone to talk to about it. Can I talk to you?”“I have a condition thats really been getting me down. “As a close friend/spouse/family member, I know that you are supportive of me.13 Feb 2019

How do I talk to my elderly parent about incontinence?

Talk to them about their symptoms and be sympathetic. Use phrases and terminology that make your loved one feel comfortable. Overall, your goal should be to normalize incontinence. Do not make them feel ashamed or ostracized due to their issue.

Why is my incontinence getting worse?

Being dehydrated leads to dark, concentrated urine which can irritate the walls of the bladder, causing them to contract more often, and leak more urine. Every person is unique, so try to balance your need to stay hydrated with how much fluid can make your urinary incontinence worse.

Do gynecologists treat incontinence?

Your gynecologist or other health care professional may first recommend nonsurgical treatment. This may include lifestyle changes, bladder training, physical therapy, and using certain bladder support devices. For urgency urinary incontinence, the treatment may involve medication.

Do gynecologists treat bladder issues?

Obstetrician-Gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) OB/GYNs specialize in womens health before, during and after childbearing years. They specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions of the female reproductive system. This also includes bladder problems.

How do you treat elderly incontinence?

Incontinence Care: 9 Tips for CaregiversIncontinence is stressful for seniors and caregivers.Talk with their doctor.Watch out for certain foods and drinks.Stick to a bathroom schedule.Waterproof the mattress, sofa, and chairs.Use humor kindly to diffuse anxiety and embarrassment.Have an incontinence care kit on hand.More items

What is the best over the counter medicine for incontinence?

Oxytrol for women is the only drug available over the counter. Overall, these drugs work about the same in treating overactive bladder, and generally people tolerate all of them well.

How can I strengthen my bladder tissue?

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (also called Kegel exercises) Kegel exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You perform Kegels by contracting (squeezing) and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles many times each day. Pelvic floor muscles help support the bladder and other organs.

Do gynecologists treat bladder infections?

Since UTIs are a bacterial infection, the most effective way to eradicate them is to take antibiotics. Make an appointment with your OBGYN and they will be able to determine the best course of treatment.

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