June 25, 2015


During your physical examination, your doctor will be checking for signs of conditions causing incontinence such as a treatable blockage from pelvic or bowl growths, a prolapse or weak pelvic floor. He or she may run several tests to determine what kind of incontinence you are suffering from. 

One of the tests is for bladder capacity, in other words, how much liquid does your bladder hold? At the same time, the doctor may measure the bladder for residual urine, a test for evidence of poorly functioning bladder muscles. To do this, you will urinate into a measuring pan, after which the nurse or doctor will measure any urine remaining in the bladder.

There may additional tests recommend:

  • Bladder stress test—You cough vigorously as the doctor watches for loss of urine from the urinary opening.
  • Urinalysis and urine culture—Laboratory technicians test your urine for evidence of infection, urinary stones, or other contributing causes.
  • Ultrasound—This test uses sound waves to create an image of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
  • Cystoscopy—The doctor inserts a thin tube with a tiny camera in the urethra to see inside the urethra and bladder.
  • Urodynamics—Various techniques measure pressure in the bladder and the flow of urine. (Test list from FDA)

These tests sound much more distressing than they actually are. The important thing to keep in mind is your CURE for incontinence may be found within these them. If the issue is nothing more than a weak pelvic floor than you are indeed a lucky person and exercise is the cure for you! If however there is more than pelvic weakness that causes your form of incontinence there are more treatment options open for you.

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