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Urinary incontinence isn’t always preventable, nor is it easy to talk about. So how do you know if regaining bladder control is an option? Recovery can start with a supportive conversation.

Talking about Stress Urinary Incontinence

For the sufferer

Talking about your SUI can be difficult. Discussing your feelings about your current situation can open the doors to exploring options to regain your confidence.

Questions to begin a conversation with a partner or caregiver

  • Can I share with you what I am dealing with and how I am feeling?
  • I haven’t been feeling like myself because I am leaking and I worry that I may smell or be wet and not know it.
  • My leaking is bothering me and I want to go to the doctor to discuss my options. Will you come with me?

Some questions to ask a specialist who treats SUI

  • Why am I incontinent?
  • Will it go away?
  • Will my incontinence get worse?
  • Could pelvic floor exercises help? How do I do them?
  • Could the medicines I take be making my incontinence worse?
  • What are my options to treat my stress urinary incontinence?
  • I had prostate cancer surgery; is there a surgery to fix my incontinence too?
For the partner

Talking to your partner or loved one about their incontinence can be a tough subject to discuss. You may play the most important role in his recovery. Here are some ways to start the conversation.

Questions to consider about your loved one

  • How often does he leak urine?
  • Does he leak urine when he coughs, sneezes or laughs?
  • When arriving at new places, does he immediately look for where the bathroom is located?
  • What is his daily fluid intake?
  • Would you like to help him restore his normalcy and the quality of both of your lives?

Talking to your loved one who has SUI

  • You seem hesitant about leaving home. Is everything okay?
  • Lately, you’ve been visiting the bathroom more than usual. Can we talk to a specialist about that?
  • I learned there are solutions for bladder leakage beyond pads! Can we go to the doctor and ask about our treatment options?
  • I know you don’t want anyone to know about your bladder control issues, but I think it’s time to learn about other treatments that can help.
  • I know you are still leaking so let’s go see a urologist specializing in male incontinence. I think learning more about our treatment options might help.

Talking to a specialist about your loved one’s SUI

  • Will his stress incontinence get worse?
  • Could pelvic floor exercises help? How do we do them?
  • Could the medicine he takes be aggravating his incontinence?
  • What tests might he need to determine the cause of his condition?
  • Will he need surgery?