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Diagnosis

Urinary incontinence is often treatable; therefore, women should see their doctor as soon as symptoms occur. If your doctor does not treat bladder problems, ask for help finding a doctor who does, such as a urologist or urogynecologist.

Diagnosing urinary incontinence includes:

  • Bladder stress test – during this test you will cough or bear down while your doctor watches for urine loss.
  • Blood test – to check for various substances known to cause incontinence.
  • Cystogram – a special dye is inserted into the urethra and bladder. As you urinate, the die shows up on a series of X-rays. This test helps diagnose problems with the urinary tract.
  • Cystoscopy – this thin tube is fitted with a camera that allows your doctor to look inside the urethra and bladder.
  • Pelvic Ultrasound – to view the kidneys, bladder and urethra.
  • Post-void residual (PVR) measurement – for this test you will be asked to urinate into a container that measures your urine output. Then your doctor will check your bladder for any leftover urine. If there is a large amount, you may have a urinary tract obstruction or a problem with your bladder muscles or nerves.
  • Urinalysis – a test of your urine to look for infection or other causes of incontinence.
  • Urodynamics –to test the strength of your bladder, a thin tube (catheter) is placed in your bladder to fill it with water. This test measures the pressure in your bladder when it's a rest and when it's filling.