Why is it hard to talk about bladder control?

You may feel embarrassed to talk about such a personal thing. Or, like many women, you may feel ashamed about loss of bladder control.

But, when you learn it’s a medical problem, you know it’s not your fault. Millions of other women have the same problem.

Your health care team can help you. Nearly everyone with a bladder control problem can be helped.

You need to ask the doctor questions. And the doctor needs to ask you questions. By talking, you will learn:

  • why you have a bladder control problem and
  • what treatment is right for you.

How can you tell your doctor about a bladder control problem?

Even if you feel shy, it is up to you to take the first step. Some doctors do not treat bladder control problems, so they don’t ask about it. Others might expect you to bring up the subject.

Because bladder control problems are common, your doctor has probably heard many stories like yours. If your doctor does not treat bladder problems, ask for help in finding someone who can help you.

The good news is that most women with bladder control problems can get better, with the help of their health care team.

What questions should you ask?

These questions can help your healthcare team find the cause of your bladder control problem.

  • Could my usual food or drinks cause bladder problems?
  • Could my medicines (prescription or over-the-counter drugs) cause bladder problems?
  • Could other medical condition cause loss of bladder control?
  • What are the treatments to regain bladder control? Which one is best for me?
  • Can you help me, or can you tell me whom I should see instead?
  • What can I do about the odour and rash caused by urine?

Points to Remember

  • Bladder control problems can be caused by many medical conditions.
  • Most bladder control problems can be improved.
  • Your healthcare team can help you improve your bladder controls.
  • Getting over your embarrassment is important. You need to get treatment.