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A medical history is the most important part of the examination for
urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your
doctor will ask you to describe:
It may be easier for you to answer these questions if you use a bladder diary(What is a PDF document?) for 3 to 4 days before your appointment.
The doctor will ask questions about your general
health. To find out the cause of your incontinence, he or she will ask
specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts, your intestines,
and your nervous system.
Symptoms and conditions that are often related to incontinence will
also be investigated, such as:
A physical exam involves abdominal,
pelvic examinations. These exams include:
A medical history and physical exam are done for everyone
who sees a doctor about urinary incontinence.
The medical history is important and can determine some causes of
Be sure to tell the doctor about all prescription
and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
The physical exam can find structural abnormalities of the
urinary tract that may be causing or contributing to incontinence. Findings
from the physical exam help your doctor know whether further testing is
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
September 11, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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