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Gynecology

Urodynamic Testing

If you have a problem with urine leakage or blocked urine flow, your doctor or nurse may be able to help. One of the tools they may use to evaluate the cause of your symptoms is urodynamic testing.

  • About Urodynamic Testing
  • Seeing your Doctor
About Urodynamic Testing

Urodynamic testing assesses how the bladder and urethra are performing their job of storing and releasing urine. The test is usually done on women who have issues with incontinence. Our goal is to diagnose and treat the problem to protect the kidneys and keep accidents from happening.

Seeing your Doctor

The first step in solving a urinary problem is to talk with your doctor or nurse. He or she should ask you about your general medical history, including any major illnesses or surgeries. You should talk about the medicines you take, both prescription and nonprescription, because they might be part of the problem. You should talk about how much fluid you drink a day and whether you use alcohol or caffeine. Give as many details as you can about the problem and when it started. The doctor or nurse may ask you to keep a voiding diary, which is a record of fluid intake and trips to the bathroom, plus any episodes of leakage.

If leakage is the problem, the doctor or nurse may ask you to do a pad test. This test is a simple way to measure how much urine leaks out. You will be given a number of absorbent pads and plastic bags of a standard weight. You will be told to wear the pad for 1 or 2 hours while in the clinic or to wear a series of pads at home during a specific period of time. The pads are collected and sealed in a plastic bag. Your health care team will then weigh the bags to see how much urine has been caught in the pad. A simpler but less precise method is to change pads as often as you need to and keep track of how many pads you use in a day.

A physical exam will also be performed to rule out other causes of urinary problems. This exam usually includes an assessment of the nerves in the lower part of your body. It will also include a pelvic exam in women to assess the pelvic muscles and the other pelvic organs. Your doctor will also want to check your urine for evidence of infection or blood.



Why have a Urodynamic Test?


Urodynamic testing is the most accurate way to measure how the bladder is functioning and is used to determine what type of incontinence you have. There are several reasons for bladder dysfunction, and this test give us information about what is causing the problem.


Signs & Symptoms


  • Incontinence
  • Frequent Urination
  • Strong, sudden urges to urinate
  • Problems starting to urinate
  • Painful urination
  • Problems emptying your bladder
  • Recurrent Urinary tract infections
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