Urinary incontinence is one of the most unpleasant obstacles that people face as they get older. Though the severity of the condition varies between individuals, any lack of bladder control can be embarrassing. The key to solving this problem, of course, is to learn as much as possible about why it’s happening in the first place.
The most common trigger for urinary incontinence among women is the hormonal imbalance that comes with menopause. Estrogen, which can dip drastically during this stage in life, is partially responsible for maintaining the health of the urinary tract lining and keeping muscles strong. Weak pelvic muscles and a weakened urinary tract are direct causes for incontinence and discomfort.
Weight gain is also sometimes caused by menopause, though anyone who is overweight is at a greater risk of developing the disorder. Excess fat, especially when carried around the waist, increases pressure on the stomach and bladder and weakens the urethra. Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are more likely to experience urinary incontinence than others. Pregnancy can have the same effect.
Infections or Growths
Though hormonal imbalance is often the culprit of urinary incontinence, other triggers might also explain the problem. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can also result in this condition, as they cause the muscles in the bladder to contract too frequently, creating the sensation of always needing to go to the bathroom. Tumors in the lower bladder could also be to blame, though these are much less common. A doctor should attend to any perceived UTI as soon as possible to avoid it spreading to the bladder or kidneys.
Some medications – unfortunately including ones that treat other menopause symptoms – report urinary incontinence as a potential side effect. They can interrupt the normal storing and passing of urine as well as increase the quantity of urine produced, leading to unexpected overflow. Known offenders include diuretics, some antidepressants, and sedatives.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a popular method used to manage the hormonal imbalance of menopause, can also result in incontinence. HRT is now only recommended as a last resort for severe symptoms due to its unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects.
Urinary incontinence is never a pleasant experience, but once triggers are identified, managing and treating the condition can be easy. Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise may be enough, and herbal supplements can help balance hormonal levels the natural way. Knowledge is power, so learn as much as you can about the causes of your incontinence to get on the road to recovery.
By increasing estrogen levels in the most natural way, can help to improve and sometimes restore pelvic muscle tension. Take the Manna Menopause Support tablets to help increase estrogen levels with phyto-estrogens which have no side effect.
If you need to lose weight, you can make use of the easy-to-follow Manna Diet as described in the free e-book.