Working through the following 4 steps may help you decide on the right option for you:

Step 1: Think about how urinary incontinence affects you

Check out the bullet points below. How much does leaking urine affect you?

  • I have to make frequent trips to the bathroom
  • I need to get up several times during the night to go to the bathroom
  • I have to limit my activities such as exercise, sports, shopping and traveling
  • I have to wear pads in case I leak
  • I worry about leaking urine when having sex
  • I am not able to take part in social activities with family and friends
  • I feel embarrassed and self-conscious in public
  • I am limited in what I can wear

Step 2: Think about the options you have to manage urinary incontinence

  1. Lifestyle Changes
  2. Toileting Strategies
  3. Bladder Control Protection
  4. Pelvic Muscle Support
  5. Medications
  6. Surgical Management

Step 3: Find out what else you need to know to make an informed decision

Considering the option you prefer, please answer the following questions:

  1. Do you know the benefits and risks of each option? (Yes/No)
  2. Are you clear about which benefits and risks matter most to you? (Yes/No)
  3. Do you have enough support and advice to make a choice? (Yes/No)
  4. Do you feel SURE about the best choice for you? (Yes/No)

If you are not absolutely confident in your answers and still feel unsure or are answering no to any of the above, you may want to talk to your healthcare practitioner to get more information.

For a list of helpful questions to ask click HERE. You can also check out the RESOURCES tab for additional sources

Step 4: Plan the next steps

  • Make an appointment to see your healthcare provider
  • Make a list of questions
  • Check out our Decision Aid and create your own action plan using the options section