More and more evidence suggests that women in menopause will suffer from stress incontinence.
What Is Stress Incontinence?
Stress incontinence, also called effort incontinence, is provoked by a physical movement that puts a sudden stress on the bladder: sneezing, coughing, or laughter, for example. In this instance, stress refers to physical stress, not psychological stress. Any activity that strains or attends the compression of the pelvic floor muscles can trigger stress incontinence. Psychological stress is completely unrelated to stress incontinence.
The risk of stress incontinence is directly related to the general strength of the muscles and pressure on the pelvic floor. A patient who attends to the health of the pelvic floor muscles can reduce the risk of stress incontinence, for instance by performing appropriate therapeutic exercise after childbirth, urinary or reproductive tract surgery, and avoiding sports, such as tennis or running, which involve repeated, high-impact motions.
The Issues That Arise From Menopause
Of course, not every physical condition that increases the risk of stress incontinence is one that can be easily avoided. Medical news reports that menopause, for example, happens to every woman who lives to a certain, matured age. Besides being typified as the time in which menstruation ceases for good, general muscle weakness attends the entire body throughout this time, including weakness of the pelvic muscles. Since weakness of the pelvic muscles is one of the biggest and clearest causes of incontinence, the link is quite clear between the muscle weakness of menopause and the increased numbers of incontinent adults once menopause is reached.
Like with childbirth, the performance of exercises that strengthen the pelvic muscles can help reduce the risk of incontinence; however, there’s no such thing as a silver bullet when it comes to eradication of this embarrassing and stressful condition. The savvy post menopausal woman attends to her physical condition and is in touch with all of the changes coursing through her body, but even she cannot prevent everything.
Fortunately for her and even those who are not as conscientious about their changing body, post-menopausal women have a wealth of tools and information at their fingertips to help them with any post-menopausal incontinence issues that they might face. New innovations in moisture-locking technology, such as that of Attends briefs, ensure that women who suffer from incontinence can continue their usual, day to day activities with confidence and vigor, and without worry of embarrassment or inconvenience.