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The Relationship between Menopause and Bladder Control

Some women have bladder control problems after they stop having periods (menopause or change of life).

After your periods end and you have been “period-free” for 12 consecutive months, your body stops making the female hormone estrogen. Some scientists believe estrogen may help keep the lining of the bladder and urethra firm and healthy. A lack of estrogen could contribute to weakness of the bladder control muscles.

In some women there is only a slight change but for others the muscles weaken to the point where holding back even small amounts of urine is very difficult. The result is urinary incontinence or quite simply, urine leaking from the body before it should.

There are two kinds of urinary incontinence – stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Pressure from coughing, sneezing or lifting can push urine through the weakened muscle. This kind of leakage is called stress incontinence. Urge incontinence means the bladder muscles squeeze at the wrong time or all the time and cause leaks.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) taking estrogen does little to counter the effects of weakened bladder muscles. There are also concerns about taking estrogen for too long and during your post-menopausal years as there are added risks from taking estrogen for many years. Taking estrogen in small does may help thicken the bladder lining and decrease the incontinence although estrogen will not repair the weak muscles or reverse the effects of declining hormonal levels. Your doctor can suggest many other possible treatments to improve bladder control.

Talk to your health care team. You may have stress or urge incontinence, but other things could also be happening. Medicines and exercises can restore bladder control in many cases. Your doctor will give you a checkup first.

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Bladder Control – You Can Do It

If you’ve been living with overactive bladder (OAB), you may have gotten into the habit of going to the bathroom quite often. You may feel that your life is out of control and being ruled by having a bathroom in close proximity. But with natural bladder control, you can take your life back and restore your self confidence.

In addition to taking your medicine, there are a few more things you can do that may help you gain better control over your bladder. Try the tips below to help retrain your body to:

* Wait longer between bathroom trips

* Do not rush so much when you have a strong urge. Get used to the idea that you actually can wait

* Try to increase your time between bathroom trips. If you go every hour, then try to wait for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When you can wait that long without fear of an accident for 1 or 2 weeks, try to increase the time. Try 15 minutes more at first. Then, little by little, wait longer.

* Stick to your timing as much as you can, whether or not you have to go.

* When you have a strong urge to urinate stop what you’re doing and sit down when you can. When you’re still, it’s easier to control your urge.

* Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles quickly several times. These are the muscles that help you hold urine in.

* Relax the rest of your body. Take a few deep breaths to help you. Let go of your tension.

* Wait until the urge subsides.

* Walk to the bathroom. Don’t rush.

* You can also take some herbs in a homeopathic blend. Using a mixture of soy germ and pumpkin seed extract, a special homeopathic blend can be made that will not only strengthen the weak bladder muscles, but also relax them so that the urge to go is not so frequent.

Having a weak bladder can really put a damper on your enjoyment of life. It can stop you from doing things you would love to do simply because there may not be a bathroom handy. And the constant worry about being embarrassed about your problem can undermine your self confidence and cause you to avoid social situations.

But if you embark on a natural bladder control campaign that combines a good bladder control exercise routine with homeopathic herbs for muscle relaxation and tone, then you may find that you can experience the joy of a spontaneous and fun life once again!

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