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/Urine Incontinence and Menopause: A must read if you relate to them

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Dr. Shweta Khanna B.H.M.S, M.D.

You must have heard of the term ‘Urinary Incontinence ‘or let’s say bladder control problems. More and more women are getting affected by urinary incontinence and it is commonly seen in the menopause years. Most of the times, you are probably shy or embarrassed in even sharing your symptoms with your gynaecologist. There are cases, where women start withdrawing themselves slowly from social moving and discontinue with their routine activities or stop taking long travels and rather prefer staying at home leading to depression and isolation. However, if you do notice such signs or know someone with those symptoms, you should know that you can recover from urine incontinence with gentle, natural and side-effect free cure.

In addition, menopausal changes in the body can also affect your bladder control. During menopause, hormonal fluctuations happen in the body and the oestrogen levels decrease. Oestrogen is the main hormone responsible for your monthly periods throughout your child bearing years. Also, it helps in maintaining the physiological health of your genitals. Once, the oestrogen levels declines, it leads to thinning in the bladder & urethra lining, vagina loses its elasticity and your pelvic floor muscles becomes weak. Some women experience vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flushes and other may face urine incontinence or urine leakage.

Urine Incontinence can also be Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) in which urine leaks when you cough, sneeze, lifts heavy weight, talking, laughing loudly or doing exercise. Or it can take form of Urge Urine Incontinence (UUI) where you get the urge immediately and the urine leaks before you can reach the toilet. Some women may feel increased urge to pass urine at night (Nocturia) or others may face painful urination because of repeated UTI’S during menopause. You may have experienced such symptoms in your life before or during your pregnancies or after your childbirth. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or weak torn muscles after delivery can result in urine leakage.

Urine Incontinence can vary from just passing few drops or complete leakage of the urine and irrespective of the symptoms it affects the psychological health of the patient and makes one feel depressed because they stop enjoying their routine activities. There are however many treatments available, such as, hormonal medications, topical hormonal ointments, gels to apply locally, behavioural therapies, exercises and in some severe cases, surgery is also available. Such treatment options can however affect overall general physical and mental health of the patient.

Urine Incontinence can be treated naturally with gentle homeopathic medications and certain small changes can bring back your bladder control. Limit your fluid intake in the later hours of the day to avoid frequent night urging. Avoid taking too much coffee and sodas. Try to train your bladder by adding more spacing between your visits to the toilet. You can try to strengthen your pelvic muscles by doing pelvic muscles exercises (Kegel exercise), every time you go to pass the urine, you will contract & relax your pelvic muscles for 10 seconds. There are many alternative and natural medicines that have shown good results.

We, at Womenure, aim at giving you best possible treatments with no side effects if you are open at discussing your symptoms with one of our doctors. And since all our consultations happen with assured privacy, you will not have to be shy in opening up to our women doctors. Feel free to search for any doctor of your choice and book an online consultation at your convenience. You will be able to select any suitable treatment plan when you are booking which you can easily renew or upgrade.