Helpful Tips for Starting Talks About Pelvic Floor Disorders with your Doctor

​It can be difficult to talk about problems such as incontinence or vaginal bulges, even with a doctor.  But doctors are used to talking about these problems, and it is worth asking about your symptoms because they can most likely be treated.  Here are some tips to get the conversation started.

 

What should I tell my doctor?

1.  My last pelvic exam was _______ (days, weeks, months, years) ago.

2.  I have _____ child(ren) and delivered ______ (vaginally/by cesarean section).

3.  I'm having some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, pressure or a bulge "down there"
  • Trouble urinating or passing a bowel movement
  • "Leaking or needing to use the bathroom often
  • Pain during urination

4.  My symptoms started _____ (days, weeks, months, years) ago.

5.  I have these symptoms ______ (daily, a few times a week, sometimes, etc.).

6.  I want to find ways to treat or cure these symptoms.

 

Be sure to tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking and any allergies you may have.