Urinary incontinence in itself is a taboo subject for the majority of people. It is, therefore, very important that you find a doctor who you feel you can trust and form a solid relationship with them, so that you feel comfortable speaking to them and they can help you handle your symptoms. The answers to the questions below should be able to help you sufficiently to judge the type of doctor you want to consult. Here is a list of questions to help you decide whether the doctor is right for you:
- Do you find him/her likeable and easy to be around, so that you feel comfortable discussing with him/her?
- Does he/she listen carefully when he/she takes your medical history and when you explain your symptoms?
- Does he/she appear to understand the effect of incontinence symptoms on your personal life?
- Is it possible for you to get an appointment sooner rather than later?
- Should you wish to speak to him/her, is he/she available or do you find yourself spending more time talking to his/her secretary or voicemail?
- Does he/she dedicate enough time during your meeting to both do the physical examination and answer your questions?
- If you see no results from the therapy, does he/she change it constantly, without telling you why there are no positive results?
- Does he/she sometimes consult another specialist on difficult issues?
You must remember that you don’t owe anything to your doctor. It’s your right to change them, if you believe that there your needs are not being met fully. On the other hand, it’s advisable not to change doctors too often, as this could be detrimental for you.