How to Talk about Incontinence
For a lot of men, talking about personal issues like incontinence can feel uncomfortable, but the key to finding a solution is an honest and frank dialogue with both your doctor and your loved ones.
Talking to your loved ones
Talking to your partner, a close friend or a therapist can help you cope with your situation. By taking the first step to open up and talk about it, it will become easier for you to get the help you need to find the right solution.
It's good to remember that you're not alone. Millions of otherwise healthy men are successfully managing incontinence and bladder issues every day. It's even possible that some of your friends are dealing with the same issues as you.
Last but not least, nothing should stop you from doing the things you enjoy, so make sure to take the first step towards recovery by talking about your problem with someone you trust.
Talking to your doctor
For many men, intimate health difficulties like incontinence or frequent urination can seem hard to discuss. However it's good to remember that while the subject might feel embarrassing for you to talk about in person, it's simply medical for a doctor. So don't be afraid to ask questions, after all, it's the only way to get answers.
Here are some good ways to prepare for your appointment with your doctor:
- Making a list of your symptoms can help the doctor diagnose what type of incontinence you are dealing with and also determine what the cause of the problem is.
- It's easy to forget some questions you may have while talking with your doctor. That’s why it’s a good idea to write them down before your visit to ensure you get all the answers you need during your appointment.