Q & A: Talking About Bladder Control

If you have bladder concerns, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of older Americans struggle with incontinence. The good news is urinary incontinence can often be cured or controlled.

The first step in finding a solution is to talk to your health care provider. But many people are hesitant to discuss the topic. Dr. John Wiecha, Medical Director at Tufts Health Plan, answers some questions about ways to discuss sensitive topics with your provider.

Is it normal to feel unsure about discussing sensitive topics with your provider?

Feeling worried or embarrassed about discussing certain topics with your provider is very common. But you have the right to expect that your provider will take your concerns seriously and try to ease any discomfort you have. Bladder control is a common concern that affects both men and women as they age, so doctors should be prepared to discuss the topic and offer potential solutions. Is it normal to feel unsure about discussing sensitive topics with your provider?Feeling worried or embarrassed about discussing certain topics with your provider is very common. But you have the right to expect that your provider will take your concerns seriously and try to ease any discomfort you have. Bladder control is a common concern that affects both men and women as they age, so doctors should be prepared to discuss the topic and offer potential solutions.

From a provider’s perspective, are sensitive topics handled differently?

A provider wants to help their patient live their healthiest life. Providers don’t see topics as “embarrassing.” They want to know if their patient is suffering from any discomfort in order to find a solution to help them feel better. But they understand how a patient may feel when asking about a sensitive topic.

What should older adults know about urinary incontinence?

First of all, it’s treatable. There are many different solutions depending on the situation, but it's important to talk with your provider. Urinary incontinence can negatively impact your life if it causes you to limit activities or social interactions. It can also increase the risk of falls if you need to rush to the toilet regularly. With many different types of treatments available, you and your provider can decide on the best plan for you.

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