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The impact of menopause on your pelvic floor

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Over 50% of all women experiencing menopause suffer from urinary incontinence.

As if all the hormonal changes weren’t enough, the menopause may also bring the unwelcomed gift of a weakened pelvic floor. Over 50% of all women experiencing menopause suffer from urge or stress urinary incontinence as a result.1

Bladder weakness symptoms are likely to escalate in this stage of life, particularly for women who have previously had children, leaving you in situations where you feel uncomfortable, dashing for the nearest toilet and generally feeling less dignified and in control. Women who have never experienced pregnancy driven bladder weakness may find the onset even more unsettling. It’s important to understand the causes of leaks in order to regain control and move forward.

Menopause causes your ovaries to stop producing oestrogen, the hormone responsible for not only controlling monthly periods but keeping your bladder and urethra healthy. The pelvic floor muscle surrounding the bladder also requires oestrogen in order to remain healthy and tight. When oestrogen levels drop during menopause, the pelvic floor weakens.

Urinary incontinence is an obvious hindrance for women going through menopause effecting both confidence and quality of life. Having the urge to rush to the toilet frequently and leaking when sneezing, coughing, jumping and exercising is a burden women should not have to bear. Unfortunately the symptoms can continue to escalate with age and interfere with every aspect of life, playing havoc with work, travel, exercise and personal relationships. The good news is that it is possible to restore your pelvic floor back to health at any age.

Innovotherapy is ideal for women at any stage of menopause and is effective in treating the cause of bladder weakness.
Find out more about how Innovotherapy can help you manage bladder weakness during the menopause.

Over 50% of all women experiencing menopause suffer from urge or stress urinary incontinence.

1) http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/1999/07000/Prevalence_of_Urinary_Incontinence_and_Associated.13.aspx