OAB Conversation Starters
It can be difficult talking with your doctor about your overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. These conversation starters and questions can help make your discussion a little easier. Print them out and bring them to your next appointment. Remember, these are just suggestions and may not apply to everyone. You may also come up with your own to share with your doctor.

If you plan to talk with your doctor about your symptoms, you could open the conversation with phrases like:

  • I urinate frequently and sometimes without warning
  • I sometimes leak before I can get to the bathroom
  • I need to go to the bathroom a lot

If your doctor says you have overactive bladder, you may want to ask:

  • What do you think is causing my OAB symptoms?
  • Are my OAB symptoms treatable?
  • Could medication help my OAB symptoms?
  • Will medication cure my problem?
  • Is there any reason I shouldn't take an OAB medication?
  • What can I expect from treatment?
  • Might TOVIAZ® (fesoterodine fumarate) work for me?
  • How long will it take for TOVIAZ to work?
  • How long will I have to take TOVIAZ?
  • What are the side effects of TOVIAZ?
  • What else can I do to manage my symptoms?
  • Can you recommend lifestyle changes that might help my OAB symptoms?
  • Should I make any dietary changes?
  • Is there anything I can do to make my pelvic floor muscles stronger?
If you're looking for an OAB treatment, ask your doctor if TOVIAZ is right for you.

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Talk to Your Doctor About Your OAB Symptoms

Talking to your doctor is the first step to diagnosing your overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. But if your doctor is not aware of the severity of your bladder problems, or how much you do to manage them, he or she may not give them as much importance as other health conditions you may have. That's why it's up to you to tell your doctor about how bothersome your symptoms might be.

Other than your primary care physician, you could also talk to an ob-gyn, urologist, or a nurse practitioner about your bladder problems.

The tools and resources below can help your doctor learn more about what you're dealing with every day.


Get doctor conversation tips

Talking with your doctor about your OAB symptoms isn't easy. But he or she is the only one who can make a diagnosis. You can download conversation tips to see some ways to get the ball rolling. If your doctor says that you have OAB, you can ask if TOVIAZ® (fesoterodine fumarate) may be right for you.


Keep a 1-day bladder diary

Keeping a written record of your daily bladder habits can help your doctor better understand your symptoms. After completing this 1-day diary, remember to bring it with you the next time you see a doctor or nurse.


Take the OAB Symptom Quiz

It will help you rate your symptoms so you can discuss them with your doctor. The OAB Symptom Quiz is not a diagnostic tool. Only your doctor can diagnose OAB. You'll also get the 1-day bladder diary and doctor conversation tips on the quiz results printout.


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