Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
Your Doctor About Bladder Control
Why is it So Hard to Talk About Bladder
You may feel embarrassed to
talk about such a personal thing. Or, like many women, you may feel ashamed
about loss of bladder control. But, when you learn it's a medical problem, you
know it's not your fault. Millions of other women have the same problem.
Your health care team can help you.
Nearly everyone with a bladder control problem can be helped. You need to ask
the doctor questions. And the doctor needs to ask you questions. By talking, you
will learn why you have a bladder control problem and which treatment is right
How Can You Tell Your
Doctor About a Bladder Control Problem?
Even if you feel shy, it is up to you
to take the first step. Some doctors do not treat bladder control problems, so
they don't ask about it. Others might expect you to bring up the subject.
Because bladder control problems are
common, your doctor has probably heard many stories like yours. If your doctor
does not treat bladder problems, ask for help finding someone who can help you.
The good news is that most women with bladder control problems can get better,
with the help of their health care team.
What Questions Should You Ask?
These questions can help your health
care team find the cause of your bladder control problem.
- Could my usual food or drinks cause bladder
- Could my medicines (prescription or
over-the-counter drugs) cause bladder problems?
- Could other medical conditions cause loss of
- What are the treatments to regain bladder
control? Which one is best for me?
- Can you help me, or can you tell me whom I should
- What can I do about the odor and rash caused by
Before going to see
your doctor, answer the questions on the next two pages. Check off the
statements that apply to you. Fill in dates and other information. Show this
sheet to your doctor at your next visit.
What Your Doctor Needs to Know
I take these prescription medicines:
I take these over-the-counter (nonprescription)
drugs (such as Tylenol, aspirin, or Maalox):
If you take more medicines, please list them on
a separate page.
I started having bladder trouble
________1 to 2 years ago.
Number of babies I have had:________________
My periods stopped (menopause).
I recently had an operation.
Type of operation:_____________________________
I recently hurt myself or have been sick.
Type of injury or illness:_____________________
I recently had a bladder (urinary tract)
- ___I am often constipated.
- ___I have pain or burning feelings when
- ___I often have a very strong urge urinate right
- ___Sometimes my bladder feels full, even after I
- ___I urinate often, but very little urine comes
- ___I don't go out with friends or family because
I worry about leaking urine.
- ___The first thing I do at new places is notice
the bathroom location.
- ___I worry about being put in a nursing home
because of bladder control problems.
I have (or had) these
- ___Crippling arthritis
- ___Interstitial cystitis
- ___Multiple sclerosis
- ___Spinal cord injury
- ___Urinary infection
- ___I smoke cigarettes.
Does Treatment Work?
Treatment usually works. Many women
greatly improve their bladder control. Regaining control helps women enjoy
healthier and happier lives.
- Bladder control problems can be caused by many
- Most bladder control problems can be improved.
- Your health care team can help you improve your
- Getting over your embarrassment is important. You
need to get treatment.