Exams and Tests
To diagnose the cause of your
urinary incontinence, your doctor will ask about your
medical history and do a physical exam. It may be easier for you to answer questions if you keep a bladder diary(What is a PDF document?) for 3 or 4 days before you see your doctor.
To check for stress incontinence, your doctor may ask you to cough while
you are standing.
Your doctor may also order these tests:
is expensive. It is typically done only if surgery is being considered or if
treatment has not worked for you and you need to know more about the cause. It
provides a more advanced way to check bladder function.
The actual tests done in urodynamic testing often
vary. They may include:
- Cystometry, a series of tests to measure bladder pressure at different levels of fullness.
- Postvoid residual (PVR) measurements and
ultrasound. These are used to examine changes in the
position of the bladder and urethra during urination, coughing, or straining.
If the cause of incontinence is not identified by the
above tests, more extensive tests may be needed.