You might like to use a chart to keep a record of your leakage.
For an example of a completed tick chart 1
To download a simple tick chart click here 2
Click here for a chart which you can modify for your needs 3
A simple tick chart can give you a handy overview of when you leak. This can be useful:
When discusing your bladder leakage with your health care professional
During treatment to assess changes in number and times of incontinent episodes
To predict when leaks are likely to occur and use the toilet beforehand
To identify when and in what circumstances you need containment products
Place a tick in the shaded column each time you pass urine in the toilet. Place a cross in the clear column each time you have a bladder leak.
Keep a tick chart for 3 to 7 days to get an idea of frequency and leakage patterns.
The simpler the chart the easier it is to see any leakage patterns.
However, it is not always possible to see any obvious regularity to leakage and individual experiences can vary widely.
Repeat the chart if your leakage changes e.g. if you have been ill.
Bladder and bowel activity can be recorded on a single chart although the more information there is, the harder it will be to see a pattern emerging.
Estimation of amount – here you can record the amount you leak in grams (if you did pad weighing) or by describing how far the urine leaked
What you drink and when
what you were doing when you leaked (such as coughing or standing up)
how well your product contained the leakage
if there were damp patches on your underwear
if you had to change your product
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