CAUSES OF MENOPAUSAL URINARY SYMPTOMS
The lack of estrogen weakens the bladder (which holds urine) and the urethra– the tube that carries urine out of the body, compromising a women’s ability to control urinary functions. Reduced estrogen also alters the acidity of the vulva and the vagina, which can make the area more prone to infection by bacteria or yeast overgrowth.
These urinary changes occur for two reasons:
- Menopause reduces the amount of the female hormone estrogen, and a lack of estrogen reduces the urinary tract’s ability to control urination.
- Advanced age, which usually coincides with menopause, also has various effects on the pelvic area organs and tissues.
Symptoms include the need to urinate more frequently, the inability to control urination (incontinence), dryness & irritation, and increased urinary tract infections. Treatments vary and include dietary changes, strengthening exercises, topical estrogen, and surgery.
Many women may not even realize that they have a UTI because of a cluster of many physical changes associated during menopause; If you have any difficulties urinating or experience any unusual changes, a visit to your local Urologist may be very worthwhile!
Dr. Bellman is an expert in his field and is a leading Board-Certified urologist — Call us to set an appointment within a weeks time. Our office is located in West Hills and can be reached at 818.912.1899
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