Take the First Step

Approximately 46 million Americans age 40 and older experience OAB symptoms at least sometimes.1 In fact, as few as 1 in 8 women may seek treatment for OAB.4 Instead, many women learn to cope with their symptoms, even planning their days around being near bathrooms to avoid leaks and accidents.3 But OAB may be a manageable condition and treatments are available.2

Starting the Conversation

You can do it! Keep these tips in mind for a more productive conversation with your doctor.

  • Come Prepared ― Before your visit, write down a list of what symptoms you’re experiencing and how they are affecting your daily activities. The Urology Care Foundation offers a Bladder Diary — downloadable below — that can be helpful for tracking your symptoms, which are often difficult to remember when face‐to‐face with your doctor.
  • Be Confident ― This can be a difficult topic to address, but your doctor is there to help. Being honest about your symptoms can help your doctor determine a plan that’s right for you.
  • Ask Questions ― If you don’t understand or agree with something your doctor says, ask a question.
    • Three Suggested Questions to Ask your Doctor
      • Is what I’m experiencing normal?
      • Can the symptoms be managed?
      • What are my options?
  • Keep an Open Mind ― Be receptive to your doctor’s recommendations and consider the pros and cons for the options offered.
  • Get a Second Opinion ― If you feel like you’re not being heard or the problem is not being addressed, get a second opinion. You should feel comfortable with your doctor, as a good relationship is key to helping you address and manage your symptoms.
Download a PDF of this checklist
Use the Bladder Diary from the Urology Care Foundation to help prepare for your next doctor visit