Menopause and Bladder Control: When Should One Seek Medical Advice

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 21, 2011

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Quick Bites

  • Bladder control problems are common during menopause.
  • Lower abdominal pain & fever are its symptoms.
  • Urine could be cloudy, foul smelling and bloody.
  • Seek medical help within 24 hours of experiencing symptoms.

The time when a woman goes through her menopause, she might suffer some urological conditions like bladder control problems, bladder prolapsed, and urinary tract infections. The cause of it is thought to be the low levels of oestrogen hormones in a woman’s body during menopause, but research hasn’t shown conclusive results for its role in urological dysfunction.

Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available for all of these bladder conditions. Women suffering urological dysfunction can find relief from their condition and improve their quality of life by seeking professional medical care.

If a woman during or after her menopause experiences symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as painful, frequent, urgent, or hesitant urination; lower abdominal pain; and fever, she must seek prompt medical help. Other symptoms include the urine to appear cloudy and have a foul smell. Sometimes, blood could come with the urine.

Menopause and Bladder Control

Symptoms of an upper urinary tract infection include fairly high fever (101 F), shaking chills, nausea, vomiting, and flank pain.

When to Seek Medical Help

A menopausal woman going through these symptoms of urinary tract infections should get herself medically evaluated within 24 hours of experiencing them. Early evaluation will ensure less discomfort and effective treatment on time.

When you will visit your doctor, you may the following questions to understand your condition better and mange it properly. It will be a better idea to see a urologist or a urogynecologist (a doctor who specializes in the female urinary tract) rather than consulting a general physician. You might want to ask the following questions to your doctor:

  • How often do you treat this problem in other patients?
  • What nonsurgical treatments are available, and how successful are these therapies?
  • How many of your patients improve with surgery?
  • What can I do to maximize my improvement with this condition?
  • Are there lifestyle or dietary changes that you would recommend?

The initial exams and tests for all urinary problems after menopause are essentially the same. Your doctor will want to know about your symptoms, medical and surgical history, drugs that you might be taking, and lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking caffeine, and exercising.

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