The Prostate and Urinary Incontinence
If your prostate could be involved in your incontinence, you may be asked a series of standardized questions, on either the International Prostate Symptom Score, or the American Urological Association (AUA) Symptom Scale.
Some of the questions you may be asked for the AUA Symptom Scale include the following:
- Over the past month or so, how often have you had to urinate again in less than 2 hours?
- Over the past month or so, from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning, how many times did you typically get up to urinate?
- Over the past month or so, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you have finished urinating?
- Over the past month or so, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?
- Over the past month or so, how often have you had to push or strain to begin urinating?
Your answers to these questions may help identify the problem, or determine which tests are needed. Your symptom score evaluation can be used as a baseline to see how effective later treatments are at relieving those symptoms.