As if all the hormonal changes weren’t enough, the menopause may also bring the unwelcome gift of a weakened pelvic floor.
Does menopause cause urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence symptoms are likely to escalate in this stage of life, particularly for women who have previously had children. Pregnancy and childbirth a common trigger of incontinence and if left untreated becomes even less manageable during the menopause.
Menopause causes your ovaries to stop producing oestrogen. This hormone is responsible for controlling monthly periods (amongst other things) but also keeps your bladder and urethra healthy. The pelvic floor muscle surrounding the bladder 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, affecting 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 that you shouldn’t just put up with. Without treatment, symptoms of incontinence will continue to escalate with age, and can interfere in all aspects of life. The good news is that it is possible to restore pelvic floor strength and regain bladder control at any age.
Adding dehydration to your menopause symptoms will exacerbate the issue. Continue to drink the daily recommended amount of water and avoid drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks that can promote bladder activity.
Leaks may discourage you from exercising, but it’s imperative that you maintain a healthy weight by leading an active lifestyle. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, consider low impact exercises, like yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training.
The secret to improving bladder control is to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles. You can do this yourself by clenching and releasing this internal muscle (a bit like holding in a wee), but you’ll need to do hundreds of these each day to see the benefit. That’s where INNOVO can help.
How can INNOVO help?
INNOVO takes the effort out of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Easy to use, comfortable to wear, and clinically proven to work, INNOVO is a completely non-invasive solution that helps you safely and effortlessly treat urinary incontinence by strengthening and re-educating the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.
Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes p/day, five days p/week has been proven to treat bladder weakness, and in as little as 4 weeks2.
There are no probes to insert, just pull on the shorts, connect the controller and let INNOVO do the hard work for you.
Best of all? INNOVO actually works. Clinical studies found that:
INNOVO is suitable for use by women and men of all ages, and effectively treats stress, urge and mixed incontinence in the privacy of your home.
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