One of the most embarrassing aspects of menopause is the development of urinary tract symptoms as a result of hormonal changes. This can have a significant impact on your quality of life unless you know what to expect and how to deal with these issues effectively.
Have you lost control of your bladder? If so, what should you watch for? Here are the most common bladder issues women in menopause deal with:
- Lack of control over urination (incontinence)
- Lack of control due to a laugh, sneeze or cough, for example (stress incontinence)
- Lack of control due to the bladder being full (urge incontinence)
- Overactive bladder (OAB)
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
All of these can be triggered by the diminishing estrogen levels in your body causing changes to your vaginal tissues. Due to the position of the urethra in relation to the vagina and bladder, you can become more prone to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone, like skin tone in the rest of your body (as demonstrated by sagging, for example), may contribute to urinary incontinence.
Now that we know the main symptoms to look out for and what causes them, what natural remedies can help?
It is important to stay hydrated. However some liquids can be irritating to the bladder and decrease your bladder control. Irritating liquids can include: caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and diet or regular soda.
Instead opt for fresh water and eat more soups and stews to add liquid to your diet and nutrition at the same time.
Avoid drinking a lot of liquid before bed so you are not disturbed in the middle of the night and are less likely to leak during the night. Go to the bathroom before bed.
Practice bladder training
Bladder training can take some time, but it is effective for all forms of incontinence. You train your muscles and bladder to hold urine for longer. While training, use incontinence pads and garments as needed to avoid any little accidents.
Over Active Bladder (OAB)
OAB can be a real nuisance. Do you find yourself basing your activities around being able to get to a bathroom easily? Fortunately, there are many effective lifestyle measures that can help:
- Exercise, including
- abdominal strength training
- Kegel exercises (pelvic floor muscle training)
- Weight control-the more excess weight you carry, the greater your risk of suffering from OAB.
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid acidic foods
- Smoking cessation
- Consume a health diet that includes things that support a health bladder such as: unsweetened cranberry juice or a cranberry extract and probiotics.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Many of the things that can help OAB can help with UTIs. In addition, try:
- Wearing cotton, not synthetic, underwear
- Avoiding perfumed pads
- Avoiding douching
- Not holding urine too long
- Wipe from front to back
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Now that you know what to do about the most common urinary symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, you should start to lead a fuller life where the first thing you do is not to have to spot the bathroom everywhere you go.