For most people, bladder control problems can be cured or improved. Remember that bladder control problems are common and aren't something to be embarrassed about.
Talking to your doctor is the first step. Here are three things you should do to make the most of your doctor visit:
- For several days, make notes and chart your accidents and trips to the bathroom. You can print out this Urination Log and use it to chart your activities. Bring the log sheets with you to show your doctor. Keeping notes of when you urinate and have accidents will help you and your doctor see patterns. This information can help when developing treatment plans and goals.
- Be prepared to talk about what you normally eat and drink - and when. Small changes in your habits and diet may give you more control over your bladder. Some foods or drinks, and the time you eat or drink, may make your bladder control problems worse. Your doctor may suggest a change in your eating or drinking habits.
- Always bring all of your medications with you when you go to the doctor - including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements. Certain medications may not work as well when taken in combination with others. It's important for your doctor to know everything you're taking.
There is hope. Most bladder control problems can be cured or improved.
National Association for Continence. What is incontinence? Accessed August 6, 2008. Available at www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/.