Medically Reviewed by Joycelyn C. Schindler, MD
Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD
Menopause is part of a woman’s natural aging process. Many women find that incontinence seems to be part of her change in life.
However, incontinence during menopause is not inevitable. It can be cured with physical therapy, biofeedback, medication and surgery.
“Menopause is a time of many hormonal and physical changes for a woman,” says McLeod Gynecologist Joycelyn Schindler, MD. “Some of these transitions – a weakening of pelvic muscles, a less elastic bladder and weight gain exerting pressure on the bladder – contribute to incontinence. And every woman’s response to menopause is unique. Yet, there are measures you can take to increase your chances of maintaining continence.”
Here are the top 5 personal actions you can take:
Many women, who are experiencing menopause, use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to control the symptoms of menopause. There is some evidence to suggest that HRT may contribute to incontinence. You should check with your Gynecologist about side effects of HRT that you may be experiencing.
As you talk with your Gynecologist about menopause, don’t hesitate to discuss the symptoms of incontinence you are experiencing.
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Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, European Menopause Journal, New Zealand Continence Association, National Institute on Aging, American Urological Association, Journal of the American Medical Association