While you may expect uncomfortable symptoms related to menopause, you might not have been prepared for the urine leakage that often accompanies this stage of life. As you learn more about the link between menopause and urinary incontinence, you can also discover ways that this common issue can be addressed at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health.
What Causes Menopausal Urinary Incontinence?
Most of the symptoms associated with menopause are related to a lack of estrogen, the hormone that regulates female sex characteristics during puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation. During menopause, estrogen levels in the body decline, which can cause a thinning of the lining of the urethra and a weakening of the pelvic floor. Either of these issues alone or the combination of the two can lead to bladder control problems.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are different kinds of urinary incontinence, but some are specifically associated with menopause. For example, stress incontinence occurs when drops of urine leak during sneezing, coughing, laughing, or lifting a heavy object. Urge incontinence means that the urge to urinate comes on suddenly and intensely, so much so that you may have trouble making it to the bathroom in time. Some women also experience leakage during the middle of the night.
Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence
If you’re experiencing incontinence, the good news is there are treatment options available. It all starts with a consultation at our office. We will want to rule out other underlying conditions that can lead to urine leakage. The treatment depends largely on the type of incontinence you have and the extent of your symptoms, and it may begin with simple lifestyle changes.