Which doctor should I see for incontinence help?
Although dealing with SUI is frustrating, you have options regarding which type of doctor you consult. Multiple healthcare professionals and specialists are able to diagnose SUI and offer incontinence help.
Family Practice. A family practitioner or primary care physician is someone who offers his or her services to an entire family, including young children, adults, and the elderly. Because family practice doctors care for a wide range of patients, they’re also able to diagnose and possibly treat a range of medical conditions, including incontinence. If a condition is not in the doctor’s range, they will refer you to a specialist who can determine the best help for incontinence. Don’t miss the chance to discuss your symptoms at your annual physical, or you can schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.
Urogynecologists: These doctors, also known as urogyns, are specially trained in the female urinary system. They are dual certified in urology and gynecology and can diagnose and treat women with pelvic floor disorders, including SUI. The incontinence treatment solution presented by urogyns may include surgery. If you haven’t previously seen a urogynecologist, you may first want to ask your primary care physician or OB/GYN for a recommendation.
Urologists: A urologist specializes in the conditions of the urinary tract for both men and women. They also receive specialized training to perform surgery for incontinence. The urinary tract consists of the bladder and kidneys, as well as your ureters, urethra, and adrenal glands. Urologists are knowledgeable about incontinence and bladder health but may refer female patients to a urogynecologist.
Gynecologists: Gynecologists are doctors who specialize in women’s pelvic health and female reproductive health. Obstetricians deliver babies. OB/GYNs do both. If you’re a mother, you likely saw an OB/GYN throughout your pregnancy. Because childbirth can often lead to incontinence, your OB/GYN will be very familiar with SUI.
In addition to the professionals listed above, nurses and caretakers of individuals with pelvic floor disorders also can be valuable resources.