Your bowel habits, to
find out whether chronic constipation may be contributing to
Prescription and nonprescription medicines you
Treatments for previous problems affecting your urinary
Your use of pads or other protective devices to control
How much caffeine, alcohol, and other fluids you drink
Your doctor will ask questions about your general
health and specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts,
nervous system to find clues to the cause of the
incontinence. He or she will also ask about conditions that are related to
"I'm more sensitive now to women when they say they've 'gotta go,'" says
51-year-old professional speaker, author, and prostate cancer survivor Chuck
Gallagher. The Greenville, S.C., resident experienced mild incontinence for six weeks
following his laparoscopic surgery. "Guys don't want to talk about it; it's
embarrassing. They think they have to suck it up and deal with it."
And men aren't the only ones who don't want to talk about their little leaks
or mild incontinence.
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The medical history is very important and can determine some causes
Be certain to tell your doctor about all prescription
and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
The physical exam sometimes can identify abnormalities in the
prostate, abdomen, or nervous system that may be causing incontinence or
contributing to it. Findings from the physical exam help your doctor know whether
further testing is needed.