Urinary Incontinence and How to Stop Leakage Brought on by Menopause

Dianna Malkowski
Physician Assistant
Menopause often comes with it’s fair share of issues like urinary incontinence, depression, hot sweats, trouble sleeping, joint aches and pains, and many other issues. Dealing with the “basic” symptom of menopause (the change of life when a woman’s body no longer produces eggs) is hard enough but when you add on an embarrassing condition like urinary incontinence you may be highly embarrassed. It is important to know that urinary incontinence is very common during menopause and millions of women are going through the same thing that you are. Fortunately there are some great incontinence products for women that can make managing your condition easier and gives you back your dignity!

One thing that may make you feel better is to know that urinary incontinence can strike at any age and to any gender. It’s quite common for pregnant women to deal with it and there have even been cases of young children dealing with it. While this might not do much to boost your spirits, we can certainly help you feel better about urinary incontinence by showing you some great ways in which you can manage it and feel confident again when you go out in public.

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What is urinary incontinence?
To start managing your condition you need to know what you are dealing with. Urinary incontinence impacts millions of people in the United States. It happens when the body is unable to hold in urine and it allows it to release at any time. Stress incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence as you may experience it when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or just place extra pressure on the bladder. Another type of urinary incontinence can arise when your body has the sudden urge to urinate. This condition is known as urge incontinence and it can release part of your bladder or the entire holding in your bladder without any type of warning. Some women report that may things can trigger it even the sound of running water. Speak to your doctor in order to find out what type of urinary incontinence you are dealing with so you can use the right type of incontinence products and treatment options to gain control over it.

Treatments for urinary incontinence
The most common treatment options for urinary incontinence will be to make changes to your diet and to increase your exercise, focusing on a lot of pelvic floor exercises. Kegel exercises are the common method used to help treat urinary incontinence. By building up these pelvic floor muscles again you will have more control over your ability to hold in the urine. This can buy you some time as you run to the restroom to release your bowels. To work on your Kegel exercises you will simply focus on stopping the stream of urine and then releasing it again. These are the sphincter muscles that you need to strengthen in order to have control over your bladder once again. Dietary changes often focus on cutting out the foods that will stimulate the bladder like caffeine and sugars. Your doctor can provide you with a complete list of foods that need to be reduced or eliminated to prevent an increase with incontinence problems.

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Managing incontinence
In many cases you may not be able to do anything about preventing incontinence but you can learn to manage incontinence. You should purchase a variety of adult diapers, incontinence pads, and other incontinence products in order to see which ones can give you relief. The incontinence products will capture the urine and pull it away from the body so you are not dealing with skin rashes and other issues. Try out a variety of incontinence products for women that provide you with the right type of comfort and protection you need to manage incontinence properly.


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