Good for you! You've decided to take the first step toward better understanding why you may be experiencing incontinence symptoms and what can be done to help resume your normal activities and lifestyle.
What to Expect
Knowing what to expect during the first visit can make it a more comfortable experience. Here's what typically takes place during an initial appointment.
Your healthcare provider will ask a number of questions about your bladder or bowel habits, your consumption of food and beverages, and the ways bladder or bowel control problems may be interfering with your lifestyle.
Your doctor or nurse will also ask you about your diet, the amount of exercise you get, and whether or not you smoke.
It will be helpful to bring a list of your other doctors, any medical conditions you have, and the medications you take (including vitamins and over-the-counter medicines) to your appointment. Be ready to discuss any operations you have had and when you had them. Women should be prepared to discuss the number of pregnancies, the weight of their babies and whether they were delivered vaginally or via Caesarean section. Make a list of the most annoying, disruptive or inconvenient problems related to your incontinence.
On the day of your appointment, expect to be asked for a urine specimen, as well as to give a complete medical history and have a physical examination. In a follow-up visit, other tests may be performed. Be sure to ask if there will be other tests, and if so, how you should prepare for them.