Over Active Bladder In Menopause

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Over Active Bladder In Menopause

Why does menopause cause an over active bladder?

One cause of an over active bladder during menopause is that there is insufficient oestrogen for healthy bladder tissue, another is that it’s a natural process of ageing. Maybe its even a combination of both? In addition a weakened pelvic floor due to child-birth, diuretic medication, being overweight and some chronic health issues contribute. Typically there is no one cause!

What we do know for sure is that many women as they make the menopause transition find this symptom to be embarrassing and can affect their quality of life.

As oestrogen declines:

  • Your vaginal tissue become less elastic.
  • The lining of your urethra, the tube that empties urine from your bladder, begins to thin.
  • Your pelvic floor, the group of muscles that supports both your urethra and bladder, weakens.

There are different labels for bladder concerns too.

What bladder problems are there?

Of course there isn’t just one label for this problem, depending on your symptoms you could fall into 1 of 4 categories.

  1. Stress Incontinence: Leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising.
  2. Urge Incontinence: Your need to empty your bladder happens very quickly, with little advance warning.
  3. Nocturia: A need to visit the loo a number of times during the night.
  4. Painful Urination: Many women experience cystitis/UTI’s (urinary tract infections) through the menopause.

How can you help yourself?

If you’re like me, when this is a problem, you may not be too concerned about WHY it’s happening, rather you want to know HOW you can help yourself with this embarrassing problem.

  • If you urination is painful, or the problem is very distressing, please see your GP as soon as possible.
  • Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises can really help, especially in the early stages.
  • Ensure your fluid intake is spread evenly throughout the day.
  • Avoid drinking too much before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine as it’s a diuretic.
  • Reduce or avoid alcohol
  • Banish all high sugar content foods.
  • Anticipate trips to the toilet, don’t leave it too late!
  • Yoga, some poses can help strengthen muscles.
  • Investigate branded panty liners.
  • Acupuncture, this worked for me.

Do you have anything that helps you that I haven’t mentioned above? If so, please do share your own solution with us all.

Clare 🙂

Helping busy ladies naturally create harmony and  health through the menopause years and beyond.  Regain control, confidence, and be free to live the life they choose.

A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.

Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too. Help them create their ‘new life’.

Click HERE to find out more about how Clare shares her years of exploring, experience and knowledge through 1:1 consultations, speaking and online programmes, and where you can request a FREE 30 minute consultation with Clare to discuss any personal menopause/health concerns you may have.

*Full Member of the British Menopause Society

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