You are not alone. According to a new report published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, roughly one in two women are affected by urinary incontinence. Men are affected too but at about half of this rate. This is a real problem, to quote the new article, “woman’s physical, psychological, and social well-being is affected by limiting participation in social gatherings and work activities, interfering with sexual function, and reducing independence.”
Luckily there are real solutions available. Unfortunately, more than half of the women that have urinary incontinence do not report these issues to their medical providers.
With all of the ways that urinary incontinence negatively impacts one’s life, why would more than half of affected women not share their symptoms with their doctor? Because they feel too embarrassed to talk about it.
That should not be! Your doctor needs and wants to know about all aspects of your medical life. I completely understand that it is uncomfortable, but that’s exactly what the doctor is there for.
Should you, the patient, have all of the pressure to start this conversation? Of course not, this is a two way street, and more medical professionals should be asking their patients if they have any symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Like all relationships, the one between the patient and the doctor, takes conscious effort from both parties to cultivate a strong bond. However, the patient-doctor bond has a uniquely important and direct impact on many aspects of one’s life.
I believe that the patient-doctor bond is now on faulty ground and that healthcare happiness is much more difficult to attain. No relationship can survive for very long without trust, healthy communication, mutual respect, and a willingness to be empathetic on both sides of the stethoscope.
I share my experience and break down these four key cornerstone in my new book, Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor.
The book includes a test that all patients should take to assess one’s bond with their doctor. If you are in the majority of people with urinary incontinence and have not shared the symptoms with your medical provider, I strongly urge you to take the test and talk with your doctor about the results as a step towards getting results.
If one has a strong patient-doctor bond and shares that they have symptoms of urinary incontinence the medical professional can suggest a range of treatment options and life will be vastly improved!
Learn more by about my book by visiting: BondByDrRedcross.Com