Urinary Incontinence: Keeping a Daily Record - Topic Overview
Keep a daily diary of all liquids taken in and all urine released,
whether voluntary or involuntary. Your health professional may also call this a
voiding log, bladder record, frequency-volume chart, incontinence chart, or
voiding diary. The diary is usually kept for 3 to 4 days.
Record in your diary:
- The time and amount of each
- The conditions under which urine release occurred, such
as voluntary urination in the toilet, involuntary urine release, or leakage due
to sneezing, laughing, or physical exertion.
- The amounts and types
of all liquids consumed. This includes frozen liquid items such as ice cream
and frozen fruit juice bars.
- Whether the liquid consumed contained
caffeine (if your health professional instructs you to specify this
Why It Is Done
A diary is sometimes requested before you see a doctor about
You may be asked to keep a voiding log when:
- You experience the involuntary release of
- No cause for the incontinence is discovered in the medical
history and physical exam.
- You are not sure of the frequency
and amount of urine leakage.
A diary may identify the cause of your incontinence.
- If urine leakage occurs at the same time each
day, several hours after taking a prescription drug, the drug may be having a
- If urine leakage occurs
only during exercise or after sneezing, laughing, coughing, or similar actions,
stress incontinence is indicated.
sample diary(What is a PDF document?).