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I’ve been sent for urodynamics…what on earth is that?

Do you have to cross your legs before you sneeze?  Or have an overwhelming urge to pass urine as soon as you reach the front door? Or you have to get up multiple times during the night to go to the toilet?  These are some of the many reasons your doctor may have referred you for Urodynamic Studies. So many women suffer from incontinence of urine but are too embarrassed to talk about it. There are treatments that can help! This is one of the tests that your doctor will use to sort out the problem.

 

Urodynamic studies is a test to investigate problems with your bladder.  It helps to distinguish if your problem is stress incontinence (leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh etc) or overactive bladder syndrome (a frequent, sudden and uncontrollable desire to pass urine).  Both of these symptoms have quite different treatments, so it is important to get the right diagnosis.

 

The test involves having a tube inserted into the bladder (a catheter) and filling up the bladder with water to see how much fluid your bladder can hold. Other sensors measure the pressure in your bladder and how well your bladder and pelvic floor muscles are working.

 

Sounds embarrassing?  Most people soon get over that and appreciate the benefits the test can offer.

 

Please contact Integral Specialist Women’s Health for more information about your urodynamics procedure.