The moment a woman has passed the many atrocities of mid-life crisis, she enters another phase of desolation: menopause. Although not that bad literally, menopause can be a major turning point in a woman’s life. Apart from the psychological hudhud, menopause grows like a tornado inside the woman’s body, stirring different bodily functions, some destructive and others productive. One of these embarrassingly destructive effects of menopause is a loose bladder control.
There are at least seven sure shot ways that menopause causes one to have skeletal control over one’s own bladder. The causes include the following:
As menopause approaches, a woman’s pelvic floor muscles seem to start panicking. They start to exhaust their energy and strength like many other muscles in the woman’s body. As these muscles start to control the bladder as well as bowel, even the minutest weakness can lead to a loss of control over the bladder, making it difficult for one to hold on to the urge to urinate until she gets to the toilet . An already weak pelvic floor muscle can make matters worse. Weak pelvic floor muscles may also lead to the onset of prolapse, which refers to the sagging down of organs such as the uterus, bowel or bladder, which can be felt as a lump in the vagina.
With every birthday, a woman’s body mourns the loss of estrogen. And such a loss can lead to what is popularly called vaginal dryness. The urethra, which is the outlet tube for the bladder, undergoes similar changes. Inside the vagina, it can lead to the normal bowel bacteria moving in, thus triggering an increase in one’s risks of developing urinary tract infections.
Menopause triggers the base of the bladder to become less elastic. This makes it difficult to stretch further and allow for storage of more urine. Therefore, once the bladder is full, one is expected to empty it at the earliest or be embarrassed by an abrupt leakage. This is referred to as an overactive bladder.
As menopause starts, a woman begins to gain weight and the weight gain is significant if nothing else. And this extra weight gain prompts bladder as well as bowel control issues. The pelvic floor muscles are what hold most of the body’s weight and any excess of weight can straight the bladder muscles.
Health problems such as diabetes can make it even more probable for a menopausal woman to have weak bladder control. The nerves that run to the bladder as well as bowel can get easily damaged, thus causing a loss of sensation, constipation and poor emptying. Keeping your diabetes under control is the best way in which you can prevent or stop damage to the nerves.
So, even though it is very likely for any woman to bear the brunt of an uncontrollable bladder, there are several natural as well as medicated treatments available for it. Speak to your doctor about it to make menopause a smooth journey.
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