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Here you will find our latest updates, case studies and handy hints and tips about incontinence management.

Menopause and incontinence - What you need to know

As women get closer to menopause, oestrogen levels drop. This is the hormone that keeps your bladder, pelvic floor muscle and urethra healthy. Less oestrogen causes the pelvic floor muscles to become weak.

As oestrogen levels continue to drop during menopause, urinary incontinence symptoms can get worse. The changes in hormone levels may also increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) during perimenopause and menopause.

Common types of incontinence experienced by women:

Stress Incontinence:

As you age, pelvic floor muscles and bladder muscles can weaken, which reduces the ability to control the bladder when a woman laughs, coughs, sneezes, or lifts heavy objects. Most of the time this involuntary leakage is a few drops of urine, but it can become a full loss of control.

Urge Incontinence:

This type of incontinence is more pronounced and causes women to lose control of their bladder entirely or too quickly. They feel the urge to go quite suddenly and are not able to reach a bathroom in time. In some women this is experienced as a constant urge to pass urine - also known as having an overactive bladder.

Treatment

Urinary Incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging and shouldn’t be considered normal or just accepted, it is a medical problem that can be treated, sometimes it is a symptom of something else. We recommend always speaking to your doctor or nurse surrounding what you're experiencing as they will help you find the best treatments and solutions - you can even self refer to a continence clinic in many areas.

Strengthening your pelvic floor can help support your bladder muscles - check out our tips on pelvic floor exercises here.

There are many products available to help with different levels of incontinence - from pads for lighter bladder weakness (such as Attends Soft) , to pads and pants for when you lose more fluid (such as Attends Contours or Attends Pull Ons). Available online and from pharmacies across the UK.