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Staying Clean and Dry: Managing Incontinence During Menopause
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A 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
, 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:
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.
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:
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
, 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 - 12:48 PM
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