How will my doctor test and diagnose which type of incontinence I might have?

It's critical to figure out which form of urinary incontinence you have, and your symptoms will likely make this clear to your doctor. Your doctor will most likely begin by taking a detailed medical history and performing a physical examination. You can then be asked to perform a simple maneuver, such as coughing, to show incontinence.

Following that, the doctor is likely to suggest:

  1. Urinalysis: Your urine is tested for signs of infection, blood traces, and other anomalies.
  2. Measurement of residuals after voiding: You will be asked to urinate into a jar that will record your urine production. The amount of leftover urine in your bladder is then measured with a catheter or an ultrasound test by your doctor. A large amount of urine left in your bladder may indicate a urinary tract obstruction or a problem with your bladder nerves or muscles.
  3. Bladder journal: You keep track of how much you drink, when you urinate, how much urine you make, whether you have an urge to urinate, and how many incontinence episodes you had over the course of many days.

Your doctor may recommend more involved tests, such as urodynamic testing and pelvic ultrasound if more information is needed. These checks are normally performed if you're thinking about undergoing surgery.

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