Urinary incontinence occurs when the urethra relaxes or the bladder contracts suddenly and unexpectedly. It can occur when the muscles and nerves in the bladder or the urethra develop problems. Women are far more likely to develop stress incontinence or urge incontinence than men, and this increased risk is linked to structural differences and hormonal issues. Between one-third and three-fourths of all women experience some degree of urinary incontinence during menopause, or menopause incontinence.
Stress incontinence is one of the most common types of incontinence. It occurs when women leak urine while engaging in physical activities or sudden movements. You may leak small amounts of urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh, run or engage in sexual activity. Urge incontinence is also common and is marked by a sudden, intense need to urinate, and women may leak urine in response to the urge.
Menopause and Incontinence
Women develop menopause incontinence as a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles and changing hormone levels, but women who have vaginal deliveries, who are obese, who have had strokes or who have diabetes may be at the highest risk. As estrogen levels decrease during menopause, the urethra and bladder muscles can become thinner and weaker.
Incontinence and Menopause
As embarrassing and inconvenient as incontinence menopause can be, you do have options. Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles so that you can better hold your urine. While you may be tempted to cut back on liquids to avoid embarrassing leaking, increasing your fluid intake can actually help by retraining your bladder muscles. Schedule bathroom visits before you have the urge to go, and gradually increase the time between visits. If you are overweight, losing weight can reduce the amount of pressure on your bladder.
Finally, dietary changes can help reduce incontinence menopause. Carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages and caffeine can all irritate the bladder. Nutritional supplements such as DON’T PAUSE can restore healthy levels of female hormones, which can improve muscle tone and tissue health. DON’T PAUSE can work alone or with lifestyle changes to provide significant relief from incontinence menopause. If you are suffering from incontinence and menopause, contact us to find out more about how DON’T PAUSE can help.