Are you going through “The Change?” Menopause can mean a whole new world! Hot flashes, new weight in new places, mood swings and more. It’s a lot to take in! One big difference you may be experiencing is a sensitive or overactive bladder. You’re not alone! Urinary incontinence is a really common issue for menopausal women.
We know that no matter how common it may be, overactive bladder issues are still embarrassing and hard to live with. They can wreak havoc on your romantic life, your exercise routine and make fun times like a day trip with your girlfriends almost impossible – unless you find the right incontinence products and solutions for you.
Never Lose Hope!
What’s most important to know is that urinary incontinence can be cured, treated or at least better managed. What you don’t want to do is ignore the problem, as it rarely goes away on its own and may even get worse over time.
Instead, educate yourself about why you may be experiencing bladder leaks and how it’s connected to your menopause symptoms. Here are the symptoms, some reasons it happens and what you can do about bladder leaks.
Symptoms of Menopausal Incontinence
Are you experiencing these common signs of a menopausal sensitive bladder?
- Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise
- Leaking urine on the way to the restroom
- Waking up more than twice at night to urinate
- Frequent urinary tract infections
Common Causes of a Menopausal Sensitive Bladder
Here are some of the reasons why you may be experiencing urinary incontinence during menopause.
- Weak pelvic floor muscles. During menopause, your pelvic floor muscles tend to weaken naturally. Weaker muscles can mean less bladder control and more frequent urination in women.
- Prolapse. A prolapse is a sagging down of organs against the pelvic floor. Some women who have prolapse describe a feeling of a lump in the vagina where an organ is sagging down. That organ may be the uterus, bladder or bowel. Prolapse strains your pelvic floor.
- Less bladder elasticity. The base of your bladder can lose elasticity and have trouble stretching to accommodate your bladder as it fills. As a result, your bladder is irritated as it fills, causing an “overactive bladder” sensation that makes you feel like you have to go more frequently.
- Estrogen depletion. With the onset of menopause, estrogen is no longer produced by your body. When this happens, your body is more susceptible to incontinence because there isn’t enough estrogen to help keep the tissues around your bladder strong and working well.
- Weight gain. Many women tend to gain weight during menopause. Since your pelvic floor muscles support much of your body weight, any excess weight further strains these muscles, so they cannot support your bladder as they should. This is called stress incontinence.
Managing Your Urinary Incontinence
A great first step is strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with pelvic muscle contraction exercises. Try your best to stay around your normal healthy weight. And guard against urinary tract infections by keeping up on personal hygiene, being very careful to wipe front to back and drinking fluids regularly.
Will trying these management methods work? That depends on the cause of your incontinence. That’s why it’s so important to start talking to your doctor early. He or she can help with a diagnosis and additional treatment options if you need them. For example, you can also ask your doctor about bladder training or surgeries to treat prolapse and other underlying conditions that contribute to your overactive bladder.
To feel confident and fresh even as bladder leaks happen, try Always Discreet incontinence liners, Always Discreet incontinence pads, and Always Discreet underwear. They offer amazing move–all–you–want sensitive bladder protection. The liners and pads have a thin and flexible design for light to moderate protection and our feminine, discreet urinary incontinence underwear have double LeakGuards™ to help stop leaks where they happen most – at the legs. For bad leaks at night, try the underwear – an adult diaper is so much better than having to use a bed pad!
Whatever course you take, remember one thing: many women face bladder control issues at this stage in life. But with sensitive or overactive bladder and some poise, you don’t have to let it get in the way of life, love and a great time!