Although it can be very embarrassing to talk to your doctor about your concerns, it is very important that you tell your doctor if incontinence is frequent or is affecting your quality of life. Although in most cases urinary incontinence is caused by something harmless (see causes of urinary incontinence), it can also be a sign of another medical problem.
Here some pre-appointment tips to help you overcome your nerves and get the most out of your appointment.
- Make sure to ask your doctor about any pre-appointment restrictions, such as food or drink restrictions. Your doctor may want to run tests that require you to prepare ahead of time.
- Keep a log of your symptoms. This can be in the form a journal or on an electronic device. Your doctor will find it easier to make recommendations and diagnoses if you have specific things written down – and you will feel more confident during your appointment.
- It can be hard to remember the names and doses of medications. Right before your appointment make sure you make a list of all medications you are on and any important medical information. Write down questions you have for your doctor as well.
- If you are still nervous about your appointment, ask a friend or relative to come with you. Make sure it is someone who you’ll be comfortable around while sharing medical details with your doctor. This can make the appointment a little less scary and has the added bonus that your friend can help you remember what the doctor says.
- Another way to help you remember what the doctor says is to write it down. What tests do you need to take? What lifestyle changes are you planning on making? Write down the answers to these questions and any other relevant information during the appointment so you can feel confident you are doing the right thing later.