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What questions will my doctor likely ask about urinary incontinence?

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Preparing for the conversation about urinary incontinence may help you feel more in control. That means being able to answer the questions your doctor is likely to ask, including:

  • When did your urinary incontinence symptoms begin?
  • Have you had urinary incontinence symptoms before?
  • What medicines do you take, and when did you start each of them?
  • Do you leak urine with physical activity, coughing or sneezing?

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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