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How to talk to your doctor

Suggestions on how to talk to your doctor

Suggestions on how to talk to your doctor

When it comes to talking about your Overactive Bladder symptoms, it is important to know that you are not alone. OAB is a widespread problem. But your doctor can assure you that it is usually a correctable problem.

Perhaps the easiest way to bring up the subject of Overactive Bladder is by talking to the nurse. When you call to make an appointment, or are completing pre-exam paperwork, simply state that you would like to discuss a problem with bladder control. That way, the doctor will be able to open the discussion and help you to talk about your symptoms.

If you visit your doctor for a reason other than Overactive Bladder, mention your symptoms on any paperwork that asks why you are seeking medical treatment. It may be easiest to start the discussion at the beginning of your appointment, when the doctor is asking you questions about your health. Don't wait until the end of the appointment to bring up your symptoms. The doctor will need time to evaluate them or to find out if they are related to another type of condition. He or she will also need time to describe your treatment options.

No matter which approach you choose, it is important to be straightforward and to ask questions such as:

  • What type of bladder control problem do I have?
  • What treatments are available to help me?