Although urinary incontinence is common during perimenopause and beyond, it’s not an inevitable result of aging and should not be considered normal or passively accepted if it proves bothersome.
This loss of bladder control often stems from hormonal changes that affect muscle strength in your pelvic area. Women who are pregnant, giving birth, or going through menopause are all likely to have urinary incontinence.
As women get closer to menopause, estrogen levels drop. This is the hormone that keeps your bladder and urethra healthy, and consequently, less estrogen causes pelvic floor muscles to become weak. As estrogen levels continue to drop during menopause, UI symptoms can become worse.
Weakened muscles from aging cannot prevent leakage of urine when a woman laughs, coughs, sneezes, or lifts heavy objects (stress incontinence). Most of the time this involuntary leakage is a few drops of urine, but it can become a full loss of control.
With urge incontinence you feel the urge to go quite suddenly and are not able to reach a bathroom in time. Sometimes you can feel a constant urge to pee known as overactive bladder.
Intimacy and sex are other areas where urinary incontinence can prove troubling. Urinary leakage during intercourse is estimated to affect up to a quarter of women with incontinence. This can be embarrassing for women and lead them to avoid intercourse or to worry about leakage to the point that they are unable to relax and enjoy sex.
You need not endure problems with urinary incontinence. EMSELLA can help improve pelvic floor strength in just 3 weeks!
Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
at Shear Bliss Salon and Day Spa
Cindy is an experienced RN(NP) residing in Southern Manitoba, Canada, with a passion to support her patients looking and feeling their best at every age. This blog is to support patients in gaining knowledge about skincare, medical aesthetics procedures, and health & wellness practices. It is her goal to share the knowledge she gains from continuous reading of research, and regular continuing professional development sessions. Pursuit of personal and professional growth is paramount to Cindy and she loves to share this learning with her patients.