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Menopause and Bladder Problems

Menopause and Bladder Problems: Other Causes

Sometimes bladder control problems after menopause are caused by other medical conditions. These problems can include:
  • Infections
  • Nerve damage, from diabetes or stroke
  • Heart problems
  • Medicines
  • Feeling depressed
  • Difficulty walking or moving.

Suggestions for Menopause and Bladder Problems

If you are experiencing bladder problems after menopause, talk to your healthcare professional. 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.

Treatment Options for Menopause and Bladder Problems

Treatments that can help you regain bladder control depend on what kind of bladder control problem you have. Your healthcare professional may also recommend some of the following:
  • Limiting caffeine
  • Exercising pelvic muscles
  • Training the bladder to hold more urine.
If these simple treatments do not work, your healthcare professional may have you try something different. These treatments might include:
  • Biofeedback (using measuring devices to help you become aware of your body's functioning)
  • Electrical stimulation of pelvic muscles
  • A device inserted in the vagina to hold up the bladder
  • A device inserted directly into the urethra to block leakage
  • Surgery to lift a sagging bladder into a better position.

Menopause and Bladder Problems: Summary of Key Points

  • Some women have bladder control problems after they stop having periods.
  • Exercising pelvic muscles can help you maintain or improve bladder control.
  • Treatment depends on the type of bladder control problem(s) you have. Talk to your healthcare professional to find the treatment that's right for you.
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