Natural Treatments for Incontinence
Hot flushes can be embarrassing, mood swings can be frustrating and vaginal dryness can be horribly uncomfortable, but there’s one menopause symptom that’s arguably the most embarrassing of all: urinary incontinence.
Having accidents when you’re in your 40s or 50s can seriously knock your confidence, impacting your work and social life. It affects many women during post-menopause too, meaning they can be dealing with the consequences of an overactive bladder related to menopause into their 60s.
If you’ve been struggling with menopausal bladder problems, you don’t just have to put up with this. You don’t have to spend the rest of your life searching for the most discreet incontinence pads and underwear, and you don’t need to let menopause take over your life.
There are ways you can treat urinary incontinence in menopause, including exercises you can try and natural supplements you can take. But first, lets look at where this symptom comes from in the first place.
Falling Oestrogen and Urinary Incontinence
The first signs of menopause occur when your body’s natural oestrogen production begins to decline. This disrupts your hormonal balance, which can affect you both physically and mentally.
Hot flushes are a common menopause symptom, and the sudden flustered feelings that accompany them can lead to what is known as stress incontinence for some women. This can be horribly embarrassing, but knowing it is a side effect of a hot flush and that these can be treated may provide some reassurance.
But what about urinary incontinence that comes out of nowhere and isn’t connected to hot flushes? Falling oestrogen levels can also cause muscle weakness, which leads to the bladder slightly shifting position in some menopausal women, resulting in bladder leakage that they can’t control.
In this instance, the hormones need rebalancing and a natural solution to keep the muscles healthy and strong is required to prevent this from continuing to happen in the future.
However, in some women, urinary incontinence can simply be connected to age and gradually weakening muscles, or it can be a side effect of vaginal childbirth. In these cases, supplements designed to keep muscles strong could also be beneficial, as could exercises aimed at strengthening the pelvic floor.
Vaginal dryness is another common symptom of menopause, as the tissue in the vagina and urinary tract becomes thinner and less elastic, which can also lead to bladder weakness in post-menopause.
Any of these causes can make sex in menopause uncomfortable, so it’s important to find a way to stop them from becoming an issue, and to be open with your partner about what you’re going through, so they can provide each other with the emotional support you need.
Natural Urinary Incontinence Treatments
Depending on the cause of your urinary incontinence, there are different treatment options available. For example, pelvic floor muscle weakness can be remedied with exercises designed to strengthen this area. These are often recommended to women after childbirth to tighten the pelvic floor again.
In addition, vitamin D is known for its bone and muscle-strengthening properties, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough natural daylight - remember that sun cream is recommended all year round to keep your skin protected - as well as plenty of vitamin D-rich foods in your diet.
You’ll also find your recommended daily amount of vitamin D in Femarelle® Unstoppable supplements, which are designed to be taken by women going through post-menopause.
Femarelle® supplements also contain an ingredient known as DT56a, which is a natural soy derivative, and can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in your body, providing relief from a whole range of menopause symptoms, such as persistent fatigue, night sweats and hot flushes.
Getting hot flushes under control with the help of menopause supplements could reduce your risk of stress incontinence too, helping you to tackle multiple symptoms at once.
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