When it comes to treating light bladder leakage, there are several medical professionals who can help you out.
They include your GP, specialists such as urologists, gynaecologists and urogynaecologists, continence advisors and nurses as well as physio therapists specialising in pelvic floor muscles rehabilitation.
Before you go to your doctor
To help your GP help you, it’s a good idea to keep a diary for one week of what you eat and drink, how often you go to the bathroom, and how often there’s leakage.
Here’s an easy way to talk to your GP about light bladder leakage
The more your doctor knows about you, the easier it will be for him or her to diagnose and treat you, or refer you to a specialist.
To make it easy to explain things to your doctor, print out this page, write out answers to the questions below, and take it to your appointment.
- When does your light bladder leakage occur?
- How long has it been a problem?
- How much of a problem is it?
- How many times a day do you have a bladder control problem?
- Are you aware of the need to urinate before you leak urine?
- Are you aware right away that you have leaked urine?
- Are you wet most of the day?
- Do you wear absorbent pads in case of accidents? Occasionally? All the time?
- Do you avoid social situations in case of accidents?
- Is it harder to control your urine when you cough, sneeze, strain, or laugh?
- Is it more difficult to control your urine when running, jumping or walking?
- Is the problem worse when sitting up or standing?
- Do you get constipated?
- Is there anything you do to reduce or prevent accidents?
- Have you ever been treated for this condition before?
- When? What was the treatment? Did it help?