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Types of Urinary Incontinence

Are there different types of urinary incontinence? YES

How do I talk to my doctor about urinary incontinence?

urinary problemsMost people don't want to talk to their doctor about this personal topic. However, keep in mind that urinary incontinence is a common medical problem. Millions of people have the same problem, so your doctor has probably heard many stories like yours.

Some doctors don't treat bladder control problems, so ask for a referral of a doctor who does.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor:

It may help to write down when you leak urine. Be sure to note what you were doing at the time, for example, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or sleeping. Take this log with you when you visit your doctor.

How do I find out if I have urinary incontinence?

The first step is to see your doctor. If your doctor doesn't treat bladder problems, ask for help finding someone who does.

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and take a medical history. Your doctor may ask:

Your doctor will do a physical exam to look for signs of health problems that can cause incontinence. Your doctor also will do a test to figure out how well your bladder works and how much it can hold. For this test, you will drink water and urinate into a measuring pan, after which your doctor will measure any urine still in the bladder. Your doctor also may order one or more of the following other tests:

Your doctor may ask you to write down when you empty your bladder and how much urine you produce for a day or a week.