How Do I Ask My GP About Incontinence?

Most people don’t want to talk to their doctor about such a personal topic. But keep in mind that urinary incontinence is a common medical problem, and that doctors are completely used to dealing with personal problems. Even if you feel shy, it is up to you to take the first step.

It may help to write down when you leak urine. Be sure to note what you were doing at the time, for example, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or sleeping. Take this log with you when you visit your doctor.

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How do I approach my GP about incontinence?

As you can imagine, most people find it difficult to talk to their GP about a continence problem. But, what we have to remember is it is a common problem and also that GPs are very very used to dealing with personal problems and so even if you see if you even if you feel shy it's important for you to take the first step. What might help is if before going to see your doctor you make a note - you make a little diary or a log of the issues that you're facing; the date and time that it occurs and what you're doing at the time. For instance, if you were sleeping, or if you were sneezing or coughing and then take that log with you.

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