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If I have urinary incontinence -- ob/gyn, urologist or urogynecologist?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Abraham Morse
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Experience and focus
Are most important.
A urogynecologist has 3 years of additional formal training and his/her practice focuses on women's bladder problems.

In brief: Experience and focus
Are most important.
A urogynecologist has 3 years of additional formal training and his/her practice focuses on women's bladder problems.
Dr. Abraham Morse
Dr. Abraham Morse
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Dr. George Klauber
Urologists who specialize female urology have had 5 -6 years of surgical and urology training followed by a fellowship in female urology. Thus both such urologists and uro-gynecologists are competent in managing female stress urinary incontinence. General Ob/gyn drs. lack this kind of experience. However many forms of urinary incontinence can be caused by neurologic conditions & in my opinion are best managed by neurourologists who have the most experience in managing neurogenic bladder dysfunction causing urinary incontinence. Urinary incontince in children is bast managed by pediatric urologists.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Start with OB /GYN
There are several causes of urinary incontinence and your ob/gyn should be able to take a history and do an exam to ascertain which type you have.
If it happens when you cough or sneeze and started after having children, it is probably stress incontinence and the first thing to try are kegel exercises. If it is right after delivery, it may resolve over time, but exercises still help.

In brief: Start with OB /GYN
There are several causes of urinary incontinence and your ob/gyn should be able to take a history and do an exam to ascertain which type you have.
If it happens when you cough or sneeze and started after having children, it is probably stress incontinence and the first thing to try are kegel exercises. If it is right after delivery, it may resolve over time, but exercises still help.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
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Dr. Robert Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: UROGYN
This is your choice but a physician who is fellowship trained in urogynecology has significant specialized training in this area.

In brief: UROGYN
This is your choice but a physician who is fellowship trained in urogynecology has significant specialized training in this area.
Dr. Robert Harris
Dr. Robert Harris
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In brief: Depends
Any of these specialists may be able to help you with urinary incontinence.
If you plan to see an ob/gyn make sure that they see patients with this problem and do incontinence procedures. If you see a urologist, make sure they are interested in female incontinence. Urogynecologists specialize in female incontinence and pelvic floor problems. Look for someone experienced!

In brief: Depends
Any of these specialists may be able to help you with urinary incontinence.
If you plan to see an ob/gyn make sure that they see patients with this problem and do incontinence procedures. If you see a urologist, make sure they are interested in female incontinence. Urogynecologists specialize in female incontinence and pelvic floor problems. Look for someone experienced!
Dr. Elizabeth Hutson
Dr. Elizabeth Hutson
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Dr. Ron Eaker
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Any
Actually any one of those specialties can usually accommodate your needs.
A urogynecologist specializes in this area and may have more of an interest.

In brief: Any
Actually any one of those specialties can usually accommodate your needs.
A urogynecologist specializes in this area and may have more of an interest.
Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker
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Dr. Abraham Morse
the most important thing is that they treat the problem often. ask them how many patients a week they treat with incontinence
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology
In brief: Loaded question
I am a urogyn so of course i want to say "urogyn.
" however any gynecologist, urogynecologist or urologist can do it. You need to find someone whom has done a lot of cases and feels comfortable handling the complications. It never hurts to get a second opinion prior to surgery.

In brief: Loaded question
I am a urogyn so of course i want to say "urogyn.
" however any gynecologist, urogynecologist or urologist can do it. You need to find someone whom has done a lot of cases and feels comfortable handling the complications. It never hurts to get a second opinion prior to surgery.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Start with ObGyn
Ask your obgyn what their experience is with treating female incontince.
If treating incontince isn't their thing, ask them to refer you to someone.

In brief: Start with ObGyn
Ask your obgyn what their experience is with treating female incontince.
If treating incontince isn't their thing, ask them to refer you to someone.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Urogyn
Will have the most experience while still keeping u as comfortable as possible.
Most of my patients like the idea that the exam room next to theirs isnt occupied by a man getting a rectal exam for prostate.

In brief: Urogyn
Will have the most experience while still keeping u as comfortable as possible.
Most of my patients like the idea that the exam room next to theirs isnt occupied by a man getting a rectal exam for prostate.
Dr. Scott Beard
Dr. Scott Beard
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Dr. Marlon White
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Depends
As a general obgyn, i treat this problem routinely.
Most women have an established relationship with an obgyn, so discuss there first. If referral is needed, your personal physician can assist you.

In brief: Depends
As a general obgyn, i treat this problem routinely.
Most women have an established relationship with an obgyn, so discuss there first. If referral is needed, your personal physician can assist you.
Dr. Marlon White
Dr. Marlon White
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Many women suffer from urinary incontinence. Talk to your gynecologist to find out if you have a type of incontinence which he or she treats. You may have stress incontinence, urge incontinence or overflow incontinence. Much of the diagnosis is done with a good history and physical.
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