You may feel your bladder weakness is too embarrassing to discuss, or maybe you don’t think there are treatment options available, but talking to a doctor about it can help you find a solution and improve your quality of life.
What to expectHow to bring up the subject
Bringing up bladder sensitivity can feel awkward, so consider saying something like: ‘I have to use the toilet a lot more’, to encourage your doctor to ask you further questions. The kind of questions you could expect from your doctor include: ‘When do you experience urinary losses?’ and ‘How often do you go to the toilet?’The examination
Be prepared to lie down for a physical examination where you doctor will ask you to cough so he or she can inspect the way your abdomen contracts and check the firmness of your pelvic floor.The diagnosis
Once the examination is over, your doctor will let you know whether your condition is due to muscle weakness, and if you’re experiencing urge incontinence (when you have a strong need to urinate but can't reach the toilet in time), stress incontinence (when you experience bladder leaks when coughing, sneezing or laughing) or a mixed incontinence.Why you should make an appointment now
Talking to your doctor about sensitive bladder symptoms will help you look for solutions together. From pelvic floor exercises to bladder retraining or medication, there is a range of solutions and your doctor will talk to you about them. No matter which solution you decide upon, rest assured that there are incontinence products to support you while you make a decision.