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The Menopausal Woman’s Guide to Bladder Control

May 23rd, 2017

Learn why bladder control problems accompany menopause and what you can do about them

Menopause brings all kinds of distressing changes to the body, some of which you might not feel entirely comfortable discussing with your doctor. Bladder control problems are a perfect example. Fortunately for you, Renew Youth™ is here to provide the information and treatment options you need to conquer this common menopause issue in a caring, judgment-free environment.

Types of Bladder Control Issues

If you’re having “accidents” now that you’ve reached menopause, you’re not alone. Many women experience this issue, which can take the form of:

  • Stress Incontinence: Your bladder might leak a few drops when you cough, sneeze, laugh, lift a heavy object, or do something else that puts pressure on your bladder.
  • Urge Incontinence: Sometimes also called overactive bladder, urge incontinence involves sudden, unexpected urges to urinate. Sometimes, you might not have time to find a restroom.
  • Nocturia: This type of menopausal bladder issue involves waking up multiple times in the night with the urge to use the bathroom.

Causes of Bladder Control Issues

Low Estrogen: Declining estrogen can contribute to menopausal bladder control problems in a variety of ways. Without healthy estrogen, your skin can’t make collagen as well. It will become dry and less elastic. The tissue of your vagina is no exception. Low estrogen can also cause the lining of your urethra to thin. Both of these changes make it more difficult to control your bladder. Low estrogen can also contribute to weight gain, especially around your midsection. That extra weight can press down on your bladder and contribute to feelings of urgency.

Low Testosterone: Women need testosterone to build and maintain muscle tissue. When testosterone declines at menopause, the muscles in your pelvic floor—which support your urethra and your bladder–can weaken.

Treatment Options

Bladder control issues can certainly be embarrassing, but the good news is that there are range of treatment options that can help you regain control, stop accidents, and end uncomfortable urges:

Kegels: Kegel exercises are a simple and effective way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to improve bladder control.

Vaginal Estrogen Cream: A topical application of estrogen right to the vagina can help restore moisture and elasticity to these tissues. This estrogen cream will be strong enough to help with bladder control, but not so strong it affects your overall hormonal balance.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Hormone replacement therapy can counter the effects of both low testosterone and low estrogen, restoring these hormones to healthy, youthful levels to help relieve menopause-related bladder control problems.

Medications & Surgery: Prescription medications are available to treat menopausal incontinence. Surgery may also be an option to correct stress incontinence.

Start Balancing Your Hormones Today with Renew Youth

If you’re interested in restoring the natural, healthy hormone balance you had when you were young, Renew Youth™ can help. We offer proven safe and effective hormone replacement therapy for menopause based on your specific needs and symptoms. Contact us at 800-859-7511 today to learn more.

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