Going to the doctor to seek an official diagnosis can feel scary. Furthermore, urinary incontinence in particular can feel like a very difficult topic to talk about with anyone, even a trusted doctor — and it may even be a point of internalized embarrassment for some patients. However, it’s always best to consult your doctor if you suspect you may be experiencing urinary incontinence symptoms.
Although every patient experience is unique, read more about some of the things you can expect during a typical diagnosis process for urinary incontinence:
Before the Appointment
In the days before your appointment, your doctor’s office may ask you to keep a “Bladder Diary.” According to Mayo Clinic, this journal includes a record of the liquids you’re ingesting, as well as details about any leakage that may occur, such as amount and whether you felt an urge to go. These notes can help your doctor when determining an official diagnosis.
During the Appointment
At the beginning of your visit, your doctor will likely ask you to describe your medical history and current symptoms. According to Stanford Health Care, your doctor may also want you to engage in simple tests, like asking you to cough while standing, to measure if you experience leakage. If leakage does occur during specific tests, it can mean that your symptoms may be related to stress incontinence.
If your doctor thinks that there may be more than one cause of your incontinence symptoms, she will most likely request additional tests to learn more about your specific body. Doctors typically ask patients to provide a urine sample for additional tests, which may help to determine the specific cause of your symptoms. Alongside urinalysis, doctors may ask to use an X-ray or ultrasound machine to examine your bladder and urethra. It is important to follow your trusted doctor’s guidelines for treating urinary incontinence if diagnosed.
As always, we hope you have a stress-free experience on your journey toward living your best life, 24/7/365. As a part of that that, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect fit when you order Wearever women’s panties and men’s briefs to combat leakage.