Urodynamics is a diagnostic test that assesses how well the bladder, urethra, and associated muscles are functioning. This test is performed to evaluate conditions such as urinary incontinence, frequent urination, incomplete bladder emptying, and other urinary tract problems. During the test, a small tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to measure the pressure and volume of urine flow. Additional sensors may also be used to measure pressure and muscle activity in the pelvic region. Urodynamics is a safe and effective test that can provide valuable information about urinary function and help guide appropriate treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do I need a urodynamics test?
Your doctor may recommend a urodynamics test if you are experiencing urinary incontinence, frequent urination, incomplete bladder emptying, or other urinary tract problems. This test can help identify the underlying cause of these symptoms and guide appropriate treatment options.
How is a urodynamics test performed?
The test is performed in the office by an OBGYN or urologist. A small tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra and additional sensors may be placed in the pelvic region to measure pressure and muscle activity. The bladder is then filled with fluid and the patient will be asked to perform various activities, such as coughing or standing up, while the pressure and volume of urine flow are measured.
Is a urodynamics test painful?
Most women do not experience significant pain during the test, but you may feel some discomfort or pressure when the tube is inserted into the bladder. You may also experience some discomfort or urgency during the bladder filling and emptying portions of the test. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can be taken before the procedure to help minimize any discomfort.