Why the Natural Changes of Menopause?
Whether you’re in your late 40s, your early 50s, or even closer to 60, going through menopause can be a difficult time. You may suffer one or all of the symptoms of mood swings, irrational feelings, irregular menstrual cycles, daily hot flushes, or unexplained headaches. Or, you may be one of the lucky ones who suffers no symptoms at all.
However, one symptom that is rarely discussed is the impact on women’s bladder control as they go through the natural changes of menopause.
Hormone changes, chiefly the reduction of oestrogen, affect women going through menopause. This change can result in the bladder moving position, due to the abdominal muscles being affected by less oestrogen. Once the bladder has shifted slightly, the pelvic floor muscles can be less effective.
See our Poise® Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips below to help women going through menopause manage and control Bladder Weakness.
Also be sure to talk to your doctor, health care professional or nurse continence advisor as they will help you determine, control and improve your condition.
Walking, yoga, and other regular exercise and pelvic floor exercises may ease some of your menopause symptoms including your mood. In general, exercise is excellent to keep the rest of your muscles fit and active to help support your pelvic floor. Poise® Products offer discreet protection to help you exercise with peace of mind.
Keep your fluids up
Although you may think that not drinking is going to help, it actually makes the problem worse by concentrating urine which can lead to bladder infections. Drinking 1.5 litres, or 6-8 glasses of water a day will ensure your kidneys are well flushed and your bladder is getting proper training.
Watch your weight
Gaining weight can have a serious impact on your bladder and the supporting muscles of the pelvic floor. The fluctuating hormone levels of menopause can lead to over-eating and weight gain, so keep an eye on that waistline.