You begin by downloading our bladder diary for reference. You will need to record your urinary habits for at least four consecutive days in order to detect patterns. Also, be sure to take your diary to your next urology appointment to help determine the type and severity of incontinence you are experiencing.
Your incontinence diary should include:
- Hours of the day
- What you drink, how much, and when
- What you eat, how much, and when
- When you experience a leak or accident
- How much urine your pass
- If you experience any painful symptoms or strong urges to go
- Your activities
The more details you include the better. This will provide a clear idea of your symptoms to your doctor. For example, if you leak when you sneeze or while lifting something heavy this can indicate stress incontinence. It’s also important to rate how strong your urge to urinate was between one and ten, ten being the strongest.
Your diary can help you understand your continence overall. For example, you may discover that you’re using the restroom a lot more than you thought or avoiding activities due to the fear of leaks or accidents.