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How do I talk to my doctor about urinary incontinence?

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It can be an embarrassing topic. But it's smart to ask your doctor for help. A good way to start the conversation is to say something like this: "I have been having bladder troubles" to your doctor or the nurse or PA in your doctor's office.

SOURCES: Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, Los Angeles. David Ginsberg, MD, urologist and associate professor of clinical urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Merck Manual: "Urinary Incontinence." The American Geriatric Society Foundation for Healthy Aging: "Incontinence." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure." National Institutes of Health: "Your Body's Design for Bladder Control. "The National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

SOURCES: Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, Los Angeles. David Ginsberg, MD, urologist and associate professor of clinical urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Merck Manual: "Urinary Incontinence." The American Geriatric Society Foundation for Healthy Aging: "Incontinence." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure." National Institutes of Health: "Your Body's Design for Bladder Control. "The National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

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