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What to expect at the doctor's

What to expect at the doctor's

What to expect at the doctor's

Before your visit to the doctor's office, you may want to complete and print out the
V8 Overactive Bladder Assessment Questionnaire. Bring it with you to your appointment. This information is a very good starting point for a conversation about your symptoms and how OAB affects your life. Remember that your doctor has probably seen many patients with similar problems. (For tips on how to talk about your condition, see Suggestions on how to talk to your doctor.)

The doctor will usually review any written information that you provide. He or she will probably ask you questions about your health history (including pregnancy and childbirth experiences, if appropriate) and any medications you are taking. You may undergo a physical exam. In some cases, the doctor may ask you to complete a Voiding Diary or take tests to help find the reason for your problem.

  • Voiding Diary – The diary allows you to record the number of times you visit the bathroom, as well as the amount of urine. It also tracks leaking episodes and other information that may help your doctor learn more about your bladder control. This could include pad usage and fluid intake as well as your rating of the urgency you felt and amount of leakage that occurred. Print one now

If you require tests, your doctor or a technician can explain what will happen during each test. Some of the more common ones are included below.

 
Urinalysis
 
Stress or Pad test
 
Cystoscopy
 
Urodynamic assessment
 
Post Void Residual (PVR) Measurement

Your doctor can explain how each of the test results will be used. The results help determine whether you have an Overactive Bladder or some other condition (such as a urinary tract infection) and can help identify the type of bladder control problem you may have. After the test results have been evaluated, the doctor will be able to give you a diagnosis and describe treatment options appropriate for you.