Questions to ask about urinary incontinence

These questions may help you discuss your condition or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

Finding out what's wrong (diagnosis)

  • What sort of urinary incontinence do I have?

  • Please give me more details about the tests/investigations I should have

  • Where will these be carried out?

About your condition

  • Can you tell me more about urinary incontinence?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • Can you provide any information for my family/carers?

Lifestyle

  • Would it help my condition if I made some changes to my lifestyle, such as becoming more physically active or changing my diet?

Treatments

  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this particular type of treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment?

  • What will it involve?

  • How will it help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

  • What options do I have other than the recommended treatment?

  • Is there some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to) about the treatment that I can have?

  • What will happen if I choose not to have the treatment you have offered?

Following up on your treatment

  • When should I start to see an improvement and what should I do if things don't improve by then?

  • Are there different treatments that I could try?

  • Does my current treatment need to be changed?

Drugs

  • Tell me more about the choice of drugs

  • How long will I have to take the drugs for?

  • Might I have problems if I stop taking the drugs? How likely is it that my symptoms will come back?

  • Can I take medicines for incontinence if I am taking other drugs?

Side effects

  • Are there any serious side effects associated with these drugs?

  • What should I do if I get any side effects? (For example, should I call my GP, or go to the emergency department at a hospital?)

  • Are there any long-term effects of taking this treatment?

Surgery

  • Will I need to have an operation?

  • Please tell me about the procedures that might be suitable

  • Is there some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to) about the different types of surgery?

  • Will I need a general anaesthetic?

For family members, friends or carers

  • What can I/we do to help and support the person with urinary incontinence?

  • Is there any additional support that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from or be entitled to?

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