Incontinence is a word barely spoken. There is so much shame and humiliation that a woman does not want to admit that it is happening. Coughing and sneezing with urine leakage is often the first signs and the onset of further problems. In grocery stores and pharmacies the number of incontinence products grows. Often it is believed that it’s easier to just buy the pads, wear it and never speak of it to anyone.
Women I see in practice are often not forthcoming when this happens; but I have to ask – and I do. Most women believe there is nothing that can be done about this aging embarrassing onset. Allow me to dispell another menopause myth!
But there is a simple solution many health professionals are not addressing. First it must be determined by the health care provider if the symptoms are stress incontinence or urge incontinence. There may be different causes with different treatments.
For stress incontinence, many women can use a locally applied safe hormone cream called estriol that can make all the difference. Numerous studies support the use of estriol to relieve the estrogen tissue loss in the female genital area. Most studies however have been done outside the U.S., but were well conducted. Women have been using estriol for several decades without reported side effects.
Just recently a 50 year old woman consulted me for issues relating to menopause. The symptoms were so extreme with hot flashes and loss of interest in life due to fatigue, that she did not think about the urine incontinence even being a problem. To her surprise, with correct hormone balancing, she not only felt better but she was able to resume sexual activity with her partner. She stopped wearing pads!
To say she got her life back is an understatement. She was thrilled!
A woman does not need to suffer this embarrassment in silence for the rest of her life. As a hormone specialist, I help aging women maintain health and wellness. Hormone balance is important in menopause and post-menopause. Adding a safe estrogen to relieve the embarrassment of urine incontinence can make a huge difference in quality of life for a woman.