Connecticut Menopause Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

You have simply had it with embarrassing urine leakage, but are reluctant to undergo surgery to correct the problem. For many women, nonsurgical options can stop their incontinence issues, including exercises, lifestyle changes, laser therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Contact a skilled therapy doctor to learn more about Connecticut menopause treatment for urinary incontinence.

Stress vs. Urgency Incontinence

Women may suffer from two types of incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when urine leaks when laughing hard, sneezing, or coughing during exercise. The pelvic floor muscles weaken as women age, but age alone is not the only cause of stress incontinence. Other culprits include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Constipation straining
  • Hysterectomy
  • Chronic coughing
  • Excess weight

Urgency incontinence occurs when you have trouble holding urine before getting to the bathroom. This type of incontinence is usually caused by bladder issues or damage. Speak with your doctor if you experience urgency incontinence to receive a definite diagnosis.

Kegel Exercises

You can perform Kegel exercises anytime, anywhere and no one is the wiser. Over time, these exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and prevent urinary incontinence. Locate your pelvic floor muscles by ceasing to urinate in mid-flow.

Once you have found these muscles, contract and hold for at least five seconds, then relax and repeat the exercise five times in a row. Eventually, work your way to a 10 second hold and repetition.

Practice Kegel exercises several times daily, but not while you are urinating. Avoid tightening your buttocks, abdomen or thighs while doing Kegel exercises.

Lifestyle Changes

Some basic lifestyle changes can stop urinary incontinence in many Connecticut patients, or greatly reduce it. This includes limiting consumption of alcohol and caffeine and starting a diet and exercise regimen if you are overweight.

Smoking is always unhealthy and often leads to chronic coughing. Improve your overall health by quitting tobacco and losing the cough causing urine leakage.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

For postmenopausal women dealing with urinary incontinence, bioidentical menopause therapy may prove the answer.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps women deal with the side effects of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swing and night sweats, but it can also relieve stress incontinence. The plant-based estrogens found in bioidentical hormones support urinary tract health.

Contact Dr. Jacobson Today

If you suffer from urinary incontinence and would like to know more about nonsurgical solutions, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and ask about Connecticut menopause treatment.