Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What symptoms should be signals to a woman that she needs to talk to her doctor about incontinence?

Physician Assistant Elyse Weber discusses symptoms that should signal a woman to talk to her doctor about incontinence. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

For women experiencing urinary incontinence problems, it’s important that we talk to our doctor to find a solution. Urinary incontinence is a common problem among women, and your physician can work with you to find a diagnosis and to decide what steps you can take to make improvements

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say that everyone can leak now and again. But, if you find yourself leaking enough that it makes you uncomfortable or interferes with your life, you should talk to your doctor.

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH), an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), says your doctor will talk about your symptoms and also take a medical history, including:

  • How much you leak
  • How often you go to the bathroom to urinate
  • How often you leak
  • When you leak

Your doctor will also do a physical exam, and will probably ask you to keep a record of these specifics for about a week. This bladder journal will help your doctor determine next steps when it comes to combating urinary incontinence.

For more information about symptoms of urinary incontinence, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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