Bladder weakness

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Does anyone else suffer with bad bladder leakage .. I only have 2 walk around and I have wet patches .. it's making me really miserable as I can smell it all the time .. very self conscious of the fact that other people can.. can anyone tell me how they coped or resolve this menopausal nightmare ..

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    Hi Hardev,

    Very common in women leading up to menopause. especially if you have had children and vaginal births. It is the lack of estrogen to that area that has offered it plenty of support through our younger years. Now the estrogen is gone and the bladder doesn't have that needed support. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping , sex, or any motion can cause dripping. There is surgery that offers a bladder sling to lift the bladder back up but other than that there is only hormone replacement that is going to fix that issue. Bad deal, I totally understand. I use to be on a weekly bowling team and had to use a pad because of this same issue. Very embarrassing and yes, you have to stay on top of it or the smell of urine is quite noticeable. I have been on hormone replacment for almost 4 years and don't have these issues anymore. No more wearing of pads. Good luck.

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      Hi Mrs. susan,

      I started with bio identical creams that consisted of estrodial, estriol , progesterone and testosterone. I am now on pellets that get inserted 3 to 4 times a year in the upper buttock. Very happy with the results.

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      Jude84900,

      Your experience has me SO inspired to make an appointment. My bladder has really started to leak in the last month or two. I noticed it would be like this usually a week before my period but now it seems it's more consistent. My Gyno started me on a vaginal insert (estradiol) for Vaginal Dryness and she said it should help with my bladder leakage? However, I'm wondering if I should have a consultation with the clinic near my home that specializes in HRT and do cream (or pellets) in addition to the inserts?? I'm very ENCOURAGED by your experience if you noticed that your bladder leakage stopped after you went on hormones! I've read it can help with SO many things. Right now I'm just doing an OTC progesterone cream but clearly I'm having estrogen issues as well! Is this possible HRT creams could drastically change my leakage and dryness?? I can't even comprehend that I could stop wearing a liner for leakage - it would be such a huge relief for me!

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      HI Finny,

      I think a lot of it depends on how long you have been having issues too. The sooner you have issues and get on hormone replacement the better the results will be for turning things around. I was three months with no periods and started noticing some issues I did not like. Dryness, lack of lubrication, soreness along with my mental stability. I started doing my research and found a qualified doctor right away. I can't emphasize enough how important a good doctor is. They should have the answers to any questions and concerns you have and know after testing what your body needs. I have no regrets. Intimacy is a very important part of my life with my spouse and we have both got the right fixes to continue that into our aging years. I think my success comes with a positive attitude and getting on my hormones as early into menopause as I did. I was only 6 months into no periods when I started on my hormones. That was almost 4 years ago. I plan to stay on them for the rest of my life. Bio Identical always with a qualified doctor that knows what their doing.

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    Hello, did you happen to see the post by Gigi about the bladder. I didn’t realize that we need a healthy amount of estrogen to keep our bladder healthy, the bladder needs estrogen to keep it functioning right. This is very important to know, I didn’t know it before. Are you post menopause?

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      so you haven’t gone a full year without your period? My nurse practitioner told me that it doesn’t make any sense to do hormonal testing before menopause, meaning tell you’ve had a full year without your period, because our hormones are all over the place. If you had children, I think the bladder is affected much more. I didn’t have children, but I did have for years, the constant peeing. My bladder is weaker. I remember my mother having problems with her bladder, back in the day, I think they used to call it a “donut that was inserted to support the bladder. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that was like 30-40 years ago ... yikes that’s a long time ago 😭 hopefully one of the ladies can share a similar experience. don’t lose hope ...things will work out 😉

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    Oh yes and how embarrassing it can be 😦

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