What to Ask: Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine that can lead to hygiene problems as well as considerable social embarrassment. Incontinence has a negative effect on quality of life, emotional well-being, social function, and general health.

Here are questions you can ask your healthcare provider about urinary incontinence:

  1. Could my present medical condition cause me to become incontinent?
  2. What are the different types of urinary incontinence?
  3. What type of specialist should I see for this problem?
  4. Could my incontinence be treated without medication?
  5. Could my prescription medicines cause incontinence or make it worse?
  6. Could my over-the-counter medicines cause incontinence or make it worse?
  7. Could the herbal or other alternative preparations I take cause incontinence or make it worse?
  8. How effective are medications to treat incontinence?
  9. Is there anything I might be doing to make my incontinence worse?
  10. I cut back on the fluids that I drink to try to reduce my incontinence. Was that the right thing to do?
  11. Is my incontinence problem treatable with surgery?
  12. Does Medicare cover the cost of surgical procedures to treat incontinence?
  13. Can you explain Kegel pelvic muscle exercises?