Your bowel habits, to find out whether chronic constipation may be contributing to incontinence.
Prescription and nonprescription medicines you take.
Treatments for previous problems affecting your urinary tract.
Your use of pads or other protective devices to control urine loss.
How much caffeine, alcohol, and other fluids you drink daily.
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:
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.
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.