This is a test to assess female urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) and issues of the lower urinary tract. It is usually performed if the diagnosis of incontinence is unclear, initial conservative management has failed, surgery is required or you have had surgery and are experiencing bladder issues.

This test helps to provide an accurate diagnosis, to explain thecause of the issues. After the diagnosis is established, the doctor will discuss and recommend next steps for treatment.

  1. Soft, fine tubes are placed into the bladder and rectum to record pressure readings in both the bladder and abdomen/pelvis
  2. The bladder is filled with sterile water
  3. You will be asked to cough, bear down and perform some physical activity at various stages during the test
  4. At the end of the test you will be asked to empty your bladder.

The test is uncomfortable, but not painful. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Cystoscopy

A cystoscopy allows a doctor to look into your bladder and urethra with a special telescope called a cystoscope.

A cystoscopy may be done to help to find the cause of symptoms such as:

  • Loss of bladder control (incontinence) or overactive bladder
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Unusual cells found in a urine sample
  • Pain in the bladder, urethra or during urination.

It may be carried out during surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or incontinence-tape procedure, to ensure there has been no damage to the bladder or the ureters.