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How are bladder control issues from menopause treated?

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Bladder control issues caused by menopause are treated with:

  • Prescription medicine
  • Vaginal estrogen cream
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Electrical stimulation. A tampon-like sensor is inserted into your vagina, then low electrical currents stimulate your pelvic floor to contract. Over time, this device can help you get better at holding in your pee
  • A pessary. Your doctor can fit you for this ring-shaped device, which is inserted into your vagina. It presses against your urethra, helping you avoid leakage
  • Surgery. If other treatments don’t work, your doctor may suggest an operation to lift your bladder or help support your urethra

SOURCES:

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “After the Menopause.”

Harvard Medical School: “Dealing With the Symptoms of Menopause.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Urinary Incontinence Fact Sheet.”

Hormone Health Network: “What Is Estrogen?” “Menopause Map: Perimenopause”

The North American Menopause Society: “Changes in the Vagina and Vulva.”

Northwest Women’s Center: “Patient Information: Stress Incontinence.”

University of Colorado Urogynecology: “Menopause & Urinary Symptoms.”

National Institute on Aging: “Urinary Incontinence.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Urge Incontinence in Women Treatment,” “Stress Incontinence in Women Treatment,” “Pessaries.”

Henry Ford Health System: “Women’s Health: Pelvic Floor Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Overactive Bladder,” “Are Your Medications Causing or Increasing Incontinence?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “What I Need to Know About Bladder Control for Women,” “Urodynamic Testing,” “Nerve Disease and Bladder Control,” Medicines for Bladder Control.”

Lee, J. . Nursing Times

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: “After the Menopause.”

Harvard Medical School: “Dealing With the Symptoms of Menopause.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Urinary Incontinence Fact Sheet.”

Hormone Health Network: “What Is Estrogen?” “Menopause Map: Perimenopause”

The North American Menopause Society: “Changes in the Vagina and Vulva.”

Northwest Women’s Center: “Patient Information: Stress Incontinence.”

University of Colorado Urogynecology: “Menopause & Urinary Symptoms.”

National Institute on Aging: “Urinary Incontinence.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Urge Incontinence in Women Treatment,” “Stress Incontinence in Women Treatment,” “Pessaries.”

Henry Ford Health System: “Women’s Health: Pelvic Floor Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Overactive Bladder,” “Are Your Medications Causing or Increasing Incontinence?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “What I Need to Know About Bladder Control for Women,” “Urodynamic Testing,” “Nerve Disease and Bladder Control,” Medicines for Bladder Control.”

Lee, J. . Nursing Times

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 11, 2017

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