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