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:
Your doctor will ask questions about your general health and specific questions about your urinary and reproductive tracts, intestines, and nervous system to find clues to the cause of the incontinence. He or she will also ask about conditions that are related to incontinence, including:
Symptoms and conditions that often are related to incontinence also will be investigated, such as:
A physical exam often includes a thorough abdominal, rectal, and genital examination. The doctor:
A history and physical exam are usually done for everyone who sees the doctor about urinary incontinence.
The medical history is very important and can determine some causes of incontinence.
Be certain to tell your doctor about all prescription and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
The physical exam sometimes can identify abnormalities in the prostate, abdomen, or nervous system that may be causing incontinence or contributing to it. Findings from the physical exam help your doctor know whether further testing is needed.
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