When you enter menopause, you are producing less estrogen, which is responsible for keeping the bladder and urethra healthy. As bladder muscles age, you lose the ability to store urine, which is called urinary incontinence.
You may notice that you leak urine when you sneeze, cough, or laugh. Trouble emptying your bladder can cause urine to leak since the bladder is always full. Some women may have problems making it to the toilet in time.
Here are 4 tips to control urinary incontinence:
Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, and some energy drinks can overstimulate the bladder and increase the volume of urine. This doesn’t mean you’ll never get to enjoy your favorite beverage, just make it an occasional treat.
Those extra pounds weaken the bladder and surrounding muscles, causing urine to leak out.
Topical Estrogen Cream
Doctors are usually cautious about prescribing estrogen in menopause, because of the risk of stroke, blood clots, and cancer.
However, topical estrogen cream contains less estrogen and can be applied directly to the target areas. Since less estrogen is circulating in the body, there are fewer side effects.
Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and can prevent or control urinary incontinence. You contract the pelvic muscles for a few seconds and then release and repeat.
Ask your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist, who can show you the correct way to perform the exercises.