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Weak bladder and menopause

A weak bladder can be a symptom of the menopause


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  • Lisa's photo avatar
    Lisa — 20.09.2017 18:33
    Hi I'm 48 and had stress incontinence for several years finally referred to hospital after other efforts failed and now referred for surgery as tests proved the stress incontinence. But bizarrely in last few months it's eased off and I seem ok?! Scared to talk to hospital incase they sign me off as surely it'll return, but don't want surgery if waste of time and nhs money if symptoms have got strangely better. I've started menopause over last 18-24 months but thought this would make it worse not better? Hospital pressed me for surgery choice so went for bulking injections but only as less invasive seeings what's going on. Plus mesh having bad press at present. Why has symptoms improved, how long will it last, what should I do about hospital? Please help!


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      eileen — 22.09.2017 09:08
      Hi Lisa Falling oestrogen (which can start a few years before the menopause) can weaken the bladder valve leading to stress incontinence but as your body slowly adapts to lower oestrogen, as you move towards the end, symptoms can resolve so this is not really surprising! I would see your doctor about this and they can probably tell you whether to still go ahead. Glad to hear that you have not opted for the mesh, the results for many women have been horrendous and I am surprised that it is still available! In order to maintain this situation I would suggest going to see a Pilates instructor for a private lesson. They can give you very specific exercises to do that will help to stabilise and strengthen the bladder.


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    Colleen — 20.07.2017 00:33
    No period for a year now..weaker bladder i find myself going to every restroom in an amusement park. Nausea started last week it was slight now this week its harsh. I can eat a little sometimes it helps sometimes no. Not sleeping good at all should i go see a gynocologist? 45 years old


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      eileen — 20.07.2017 12:29
      Hi Colleen Weak bladder is really common in the menopause unfortunately, but you can do the self-help tips. Nausea is often helped by doing a little liver support so you could take Milk Thistle Complex for a couple of months to see if that helps. Dehydration and low blood sugars can do this too so remember to drink lots of plain water and eat little and often. Try, also to avoid high fat foods until your liver calms down.


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