Medical History and Physical Exam for Urinary Incontinence in Women
A medical history is the most important part of the examination for urinary incontinence. During the medical history, your doctor will ask you to describe:
The doctor will ask questions about your general health. To find out the cause of your incontinence, he or she will ask specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts, your intestines, and your nervous system.
Symptoms and conditions that are often related to incontinence will also be investigated, such as:
Why It Is Done
A medical history and physical exam are done for everyone who sees a doctor about urinary incontinence.
What To Think About
The medical history is important and can determine some causes of incontinence.
Be sure to tell the doctor about all prescription and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
The physical exam can find structural abnormalities of the urinary tract that may be causing or contributing to incontinence. Findings from the physical exam help your doctor know whether further testing is needed.
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