To help diagnose your incontinence, doctors may have to use some exams and medical tests to find out the root causes and measure the extent of it.

Most likely, your doctor will start with the basics: medical history and a physical examination. He will look for common causes of problems like urinary tract infections (UTI), stool impaction, poorly controlled diabetes, or if it could be a side effect of a medication you're taking. He may also decide to do some simple tests like:

Past that point, you can expect any of the following:

In case of fecal incontinence, these tests are also commonly used:



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