Don't Be Afraid To Talk About It
Only about 1 in 5 people with incontinence has seen a doctor about it. But those who seek help find that there are highly successful treatments and cures waiting for them. In fact, it is estimated that at least 80 percent of women who seek the care of a urologist see an improvement in their condition.
How Do I Find A Urologist?
To help you find a urologist in your area, the American Urological Association and American Foundation for Urologic Disease have created a special database of member urologists who treat patients with urinary incontinence. This database is available at this website or by calling toll-free 1-877-DRY-LIFE (379-5433). You can also ask your primary care physician for a referral.
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
You should be prepared to clearly describe when the problem began and how it has developed. You will also need to discuss pregnancies and deliveries, illnesses and injuries, medications, previous surgeries, and pertinent family histories.
It is important to be clear about your symptoms. Starting a diary helps keep track of fluid intake, how many times and how much (a little or a lot) you urinate, and how often you've experienced leakage and/or felt a sudden need to urinate. Keeping track of this information for one full week will give the urologist important information about your condition.
Many simple tests and procedures can determine what kind of incontinence you have, and most of them can be performed right in the doctor's office. Though medical histories and physical exams are the primary diagnostic tools, new tests make it easier than ever to diagnose incontinence and accurately identify its causes.
"Incontinence . . . You Are not Alone" public service campaign is sponsored by the American Urological Association, Inc.® and the American Foundation for Urologic Disease.
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