Menopausal Urinary Symptoms

What Is It ?

With advancing age and due to loss of esgtrogenic influence, the walls of the vagina become thinner, dryer, less elastic and more vulnerable to infection. Tissues in the urinary tract also change with age, sometimes leaving women more susceptible to involuntary loss of urine (incontinence), particularly if certain chronic illnesses or urinary infections are also present.

Symptoms

Within 4 or 5 years after the final menstrual period, there is an increased chance of vaginal and urinary tract infections. If symptoms such as painful or overly frequent urination occur, consult your doctor.

Treatment

It's important to know, however, that incontinence is not a normal part of aging, to be masked by using adult diapers. Rather, it is usually a treatable condition that warrants medical evaluation. Recent research has shown that bladder training is a simple and effective treatment for most cases of incontinence and is less expensive and safer than medication or surgery.

Causes

Exercise, coughing, laughing, lifting heavy objects or similar movements that put pressure on the bladder may cause leakage of small amounts of urine. Lack of regular physical exercise may contribute to this condition.

Prevention

To help prevent these infections, urinate before and after intercourse, be sure your bladder is not full for long periods, drink plenty of fluids, and keep your genital area clean. Douching is not thought to be effective in preventing infection. Local application of estrogen cream is very helpful