Treatments for Urinary Incontinence
The number of people who experience urinary incontinence is staggering. Dismay may be an initial impression. The ability to manage an unforeseen and uncomfortable change in lifestyle creeps into lives dominating daily activities. Age changes us. Our environment changes us. To live a productive and enjoyable life; we must address the urinary incontinence condition. Though a pervading condition, griping the lives of those afflicted, it does not mean our lives are restricted. Many urinary incontinence treatment options are available.
Identification on the cause for urinary incontinence begins knowledge and understanding this new ailment. A primary medical care provider office visit starts the journey of learning. Most people have limited knowledge of human anatomy let alone how our body’s work. Ask a family member or a good friend to accompany you on visits to your medical professional to help you remember information presented. Preparation is a key component for a successful treatment of urinary incontinence.
Things To Consider Preparing For the Initial Office Visit:
- List your medications and drug allergies
- Note your history of medical conditions and surgeries
- Review your symptoms and personal experiences
- List questions and concerns
- Include any special dietary lifestyles
- Carry a notebook or electronic device for note taking
- If indicated, prepare for lab work or bring requested items on initial office visit.
Your medical history and preliminary examination provide basic information for your practitioner to decide an approach to confirm a diagnosis. Laboratory tests, such as a urine analysis and CBC (complete blood count) are common routine laboratory tests done at an initial visit to bring forward any underlying condition not presenting symptoms for treatment.
During consultation, the above items may be discussed. This is your opportunity to ask questions and present preferences for treatments. Numerous modalities for control and management of urinary incontinence are available in each category. It is common to employ several modes of treatments for the diagnosed urinary incontinence type.