What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Menopause Incontinence
There are a number of symptoms that are related to menopause, although there are a good number of ailments and symptoms that are blamed on menopause and women are expected to just grin and bare them.
One of these symptoms is having a weak bladder, and it is not a symptom that is easy to grin and bare. It can be totally disabling and make life very difficult and embarrassing. Furthermore, it is not an easy topic to share with your friends, like chatting about hot flashes is!
The good news is, it is almost always treatable!
Menopause incontinence is one of the many forms of incontinence that people suffer from. The most common form during menopause is also known as stress incontinence. The pelvic muscles become weak and cause the bladder to leak when you cough, sneeze or lift something heavy. There is another form of incontinence which is less common and is called urge incontinence. This leads to frequent urination because overall control of the bladder is diminished.
Menopause incontinence is caused by the hormone levels decreasing and thereby a thinning of the lining of the urethra (the tube that takes urine outside the body). This thinning combined with weakened pelvic floor muscles, that have weakened because of age and child birth, can lead to a weak bladder.
Diabetes and strokes can also lead to a weakened bladder as can urinary tract and vaginal infections.
So how can you treat this problem?
As I mentioned before, stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence and is also the most treatable. And the simplest way to treat it is by strengthening the pelvic muscles. These muscles get weakened by child birth although you do not notice this at the time. As you grow older your muscles weaken and need more attention and exercise to keep them strong, that is all muscles!
Kegel exercises will strengthen the vaginal walls and at the same time strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are really just a repeated squeezing of the pelvic floor muscles and you can do this anywhere without anyone knowing. On the bus, in the car while you are stirring the sauce! You can put it into a routine for a specific part of the route to work. Squeeze the muscles for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds and continue this for four minutes for the best results.
There are also special balls and Kegel exercise instruments that you can use to strengthen your muscles but I find the four minute routine above is a great way of training. By the way, it also trains your breathing and your lower abdomen muscles at the same time!
Test your progress by holding your muscles while urinating to stop the flow!
Progesterone replacement theory may be another option that is worth considering to help alleviate the problem on incontinence. It is not yet approved for treating a weak bladder during menopause but some early studies seem to indicate that progesterone replacement therapy can help with incontinence problems.
There are also medications that can be prescribed. These, your doctor would be able to help you with, so for serious cases do not hesitate to talk to your doctor.
So, as you can see there are a number of ways to help alleviate this common problem that so many women have to deal with when going through the “change of life.” Try them and see how your quality of life returns.
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