HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Pelvic Floor Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Staying Clean and Dry: Managing Incontinence During Menopause

From the Pelvic Floor Articles List

Staying dry and cleanA simple sneeze can ruin your day. You try crossing your legs. Holding your breath. Dancing a jig. Yet none of them may be enough to ward off the embarrassment of leaking before you are able to reach the bathroom.

Your hysterectomy may have been years ago, but you've begrudgingly resorted to wearing pads again to manage your leaking bladder. Menopause has arrived and brought with it incontinence.

Without estrogen, your bladder becomes weak – as does the rest of your pelvic floor. Your left with not only a leaking bladder problem, but possible bowel issues, too.

For great information and action steps to help you stay clean and dry during menopause, read on:

Incontinence Symptoms

Your pelvic floor supports your bladder and bowel. If it becomes weak, your bladder and bowel won’t function as they should. Symptoms include urgency, leaking, and an inability to prevent flatulence, all of which can cause embarrassing situations and diminish your quality of life.

Risk Factors Besides Menopause

A lack of estrogen is not the only culprit for incontinence. Age, obesity, chronic cough, chronic constipation, vaginal childbirth, heavy lifting, and genetics play a role, too. Having those risk factors make it more imperative that you be smart about your pelvic floor, especially during menopause.

Prevent it!

By the time you reach menopause, you may not be able to prevent many of the risk factors for incontinence. Some damage may already be done. Still yet, there are some lifestyle changes you can make:

Treat it!

You have options for treating incontinence so it’s less embarrassing and doesn’t overly interfere with your daily life. Besides estrogen therapy, there’s strengthening exercises, dietary changes, therapies, and medications which may help. As a last resort, surgery may be an option. If you don’t treat your weakened pelvic floor, you could develop pelvic organ prolapse, including cystocele, rectocele, and enterocele, all of which create even more uncomfortable and embarrassing situations.

But never fear. You don’t have to let menopause get your down. Take charge today by talking to your doctor and working out a plan that will help you strengthen your pelvic floor so you can treat and prevent incontinence and other unpleasant symptoms.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-07-2016 - 01:48 PM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery

Mesh Panty

Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]

Post-Op Panty

Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]

Softest Bra Ever

When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Debra Richardson, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
James Kondrup, M.D.
161 Riverside Drive
Suite 109
Binghamton NY 13905
Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
Megan Daw, M.D.
Western Carolina Women's Specialty Center
2100 Ridgefield Blvd
Asheville NC 28806
Amit Patel, M.D.
2301 Marsh Ln
Clinic Suite
Plano TX 75093
Gerald Harkins, M.D.
Department of OB-Gyn
P.O. Box 850, H-103
Hershey PA 17033
Amy Kelly, M.D.
683 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury MN 55125
Caren C Reaves, M.D.
Caring for Women
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton TX 76208
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D.
2805 S. Mayhill Road
Denton TX 76208
940 591-6700


Hysterectomy News

February 20,2017


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing