Bladder leakage is a common issue that many women deal with after menopause. Millions of women experience this loss of bladder control, and it can range from subtle to severe.
Urinary Incontinence, or UI, can be caused by stress on the muscles that help you hold and pass urine. There are many life events that can contribute to the risk of developing incontinence. Postmenopausal women experience a significant decrease in their estrogen levels. This often leads to changes in the body that can lead to UI.
Many women hesitate to talk to their physicians about this issue, but it can be effectively addressed.
“Some aging processes can lead to some urgency and difficulty using the bathroom,” said Dr. John Tramont, UCF Health’s gynecologist. “For generations, women suffered in silence, because this was just thought to be part of the aging process.”
UI can be addressed through behavioral changes, physical therapy, new medicines, and various surgical procedures. The right combination of treatment options can lead to substantial improvement for patients
“While we’ve always treated menopause, I think our understanding of the impact it has on quality of life has been getting better and better year-by-year,” said Dr. Tramont. “We know it’s a sensitive topic. But by having these conversations with my patients, I can help find solutions to these issues and have a positive impact on their life.”
There are many factors that help shape care plans when treating UI. If you are suffering from UI, visit a gynecologist to talk about personalized treatment options to alleviate pain and involuntary urine loss.
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