You may feel uncomfortable discussing urinary incontinence with your doctor, but if incontinence is frequent or affects your quality of life, it's essential to seek medical advice. Urinary incontinence may:
- Cause you to restrict your activities and limit your social interactions
- Negatively impact your quality of life
- Increase the risk of falls in older adults as they rush to the toilet
- Indicate a more serious underlying condition
Your physician will review your medical history and symptoms and ask various questions about what you are experiencing. You may have a physical exam where your doctor examines your pelvic floor muscles and evaluates your ability to control them. The physical exam may also include a rectal or vaginal examination to help determine the proper urinary incontinence treatment.
Your physician may choose to run other evaluations, including urodynamic tests to determine how well certain muscles work together or a cystoscopy to examine the lining of the bladder and urethra.