Urinary Incontinence

5 steps to find the right doctor for you

I have urinary incontinence (UI), but it doesn’t bother me all that much. Should I be more concerned?

Yes. Urinary incontinence is a symptom of something. It’s important to find out what is causing it.

Why? Because your UI:

  • May be a symptom of a disease or disorder you don’t know you have.
  • May be the result of a physical condition, such as an obstruction (tumor or “stone”) along the urinary tract.
  • May need treatment.

UI may also result from something as simple as drinking a lot of fluids during the day—but don’t make this type of assumption on your own.

If you’re experiencing UI, see your doctor for an evaluation and find out what may be causing it. The type of information your doctor will use to make a determination may include:

  • Exercise routine
  • Dietary habits
  • Whether or not your UI happened suddenly or over time
  • Family history
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Number of times you get up during the night to go to the bathroom

Whatever your circumstances, you should not wait to discuss with your doctor.