Causes and Treatment of Women’s Urinary Incontinence
Posted Jul 07 2008 7:13pm
One of the main causes of Women’s urinary incontinence is hormones. Before menopause, a healthy dose of estrogen keeps the lining of the bladder healthy and strengthens the pelvic muscles by stimulating blood flow to this area.
But without the oestrogen brought on by menopause, your pelvic muscles may become less strong and lose the power to keep the opening of your bladder sealed. This then causes unwanted leaks particularly when coughing or lifting for example (this is known as stressincontinence).
This type of incontinence can be prevented by pelvic floor exercises. Strengthen your bladder muscles by squeezing and holding your pelvic muscles, as though you are trying to avoid urination, and then relax them. Repeat three sets of fifteen of these every day.
Another way of helping to avoid incontinence is to drink extra water, then delaying urination for five to fifteen minutes which will boost your bladder strength.