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    When To Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor if:

    • You have urinary incontinence that begins suddenly. This is called acute incontinence. It is often caused by urinary tract problems or medicines and can be easily corrected.
    • The involuntary release of urine is enough of a problem that you need to wear an absorbent pad, or if incontinence interferes with your life in any way.

    Don't be embarrassed to discuss urinary incontinence with your doctor. Urinary incontinence is not an inevitable result of aging. Most women with incontinence can be helped or cured.

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    Managing Incontinence

    When you have incontinence, you’re sure to have a lot of questions and may not know where to go for answers and advice. Working with your doctor is the first step. Here, you’ll also learn more about incontinence, the treatments available, and lifestyle changes you can make so you can understand your condition and continue do to the things you enjoy.

    Read the Managing Incontinence article > >

    Watchful waiting

    If you have urinary incontinence that develops slowly, you may be able to control the problem yourself. If home treatment is not effective, or if incontinence interferes with your lifestyle, ask your doctor about other treatments.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can diagnose and treat urinary incontinence include:

    Your health professional may want you to see a doctor who specializes in problems of the urinary tract (urologist) or who specializes in treating older people (geriatrician).

    If you need surgery, it is important to find a surgeon who is experienced in the types of surgical procedures used to treat incontinence.

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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