Menopause and Incontinence

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Menopause can bring on several uncomfortable symptoms, Incontinence is a symptom that is credited to menopause, but may just be a part of aging.
If you leak urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise, or other movements that put pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles, you may have stress incontinence. If you loose large amounts of urine for no reason, you may have overactive bladder or urge incontinence.

Menopause is often blamed for all urine leakage, however, age and genetic make-up are two better predictors of whether or not a woman will develop urinary incontinence. Childbirth, especially vaginal deliveries, and being overweight may also increase risk. "Menopause may just aggravate a situation that would have started anyway, but it isn't the root cause" says Mark Walters MD., head of urogynecology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

The first step is to see a doctor and get a physical exam. You may want to keep a "bladder diary" for a week before going to your appointment. Note times of day you urinate and the amounts.

Treatments usually include natural lifestyle changes. Studies have shown that a 5-10% reduction in body weight can cut incontinence by 50%. Other natural remedies include, quit smoking, avoid alcohol, bladder training, and Kegel exercises.

Bladder training can help to your bladder to retain urine longer, and is usually done by urinating at set times. There are also exercises (e.g. Kegel Exercises) which can help to strengthen a weak bladder by toning pelvic muscles and strengthening the muscles of the bladder. Avoid drinks containing caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea and cola drinks) and substitute herbal teas instead for bladder health.

Natural remedies can also help women going through the menopause and who may need support to maintain hormonal balance – balanced estrogen levels in women are important in maintaining bladder tone.

UT-Tonic for Bladder and Urinary Tract Infections, some of the natural blends of herbs are safe, non–addictive, FDA–registered natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients selected to relieve urine leakage. It may be taken at the first sign of incontinence for fast and effective relief as N–Con Tonic will also strengthen the bladder and urinary tract muscles for improved bladder control.

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