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Types of Urinary Incontinence

Talking About Urinary Incontinence

All types of urinary incontinence can be embarrassing to talk about, but overcoming your reluctance is worth it. Treatment can reduce or eliminate the problem.

Here are some tips that may help you overcome your embarrassment and be open about urinary incontinence:

  • Be straightforward. Just tell the physician or the nurse you are having problems. Keep it simple: "I'm having bladder problems."
  • Expect your doctor to ask numerous questions about your situation: how long the leakage has been happening, how bad it is, how much it upsets your life. If this doesn't happen, it may be time to switch doctors or at least to ask for a referral to another doctor with expertise in this kind of problem.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 28, 2013

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