“Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s life. One of the changes many women notice is increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Bladder and Bowel Control Problems Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Bladder Control
  • Bowel Control
  • Continence
  • Incontinence
  • Light Bladder Leakage (LBL)
  • Urinary Control

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control?

The Continence Foundation of Australia explain:

Menopause Bladder and Bowel Control Problems“Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s life. One of the changes many women notice is increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control”.2

In Menopause: Menopause and Bladder and Bowel Control the Continence Foundation of Australia also elaborate on:

“There are a few ways that menopause can impact your bladder and bowel control. These include:

  1. Weak pelvic floor muscles…
  2. A less elastic bladder…
  3. Vaginal dryness…
  4. Weight gain…
  5. Other health problems…
  6. Hysterectomy…
  7. Anal trauma / surgery…”.3

In Menopause: Symptoms – Common Menopausal Symptoms the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note common menopausal symptoms include:

  • “Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)”.4

Urinary Tract Infection

What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

DotS the definition of a UTI may vary. The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:

“A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract that can affect the:

  • Bladder (Cystitis)
  • Urethra (Urethritis)
  • Vagina (Vaginitis)
  • Kidneys (Pyelonephritis)”.5

In Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): What Is A UTI? the JH also note:

“The most common type of UTI in women is cystitis (infection of the bladder)”.6

Diary

May keeping a diary be helpful?Menopause Bladder and Bowel Control Problems

Yes. In Talking To Your Doctor the (United States) National Association for Continence (NAFC) elaborate on:

“By keeping a bladder or bowel diary, you are not only educating and informing yourself, you are assuming responsibility for playing a role in getting diagnosed correctly”.7

Diary Information

What important information should a diary contain?Menopause Bladder and Bowel Control Problems

In Talking To Your Doctor the NAFC elaborate on:

“Share your bladder diary or bowel diary with your physician or nurse. It should contain such important information as:

  • Recorded toilet habits over a 2 day period
  • A list of everything you ate and drank
  • Any nighttime trips to the bathroom? How many?
  • Note the strength of urine flow
  • Any accidents? What happened to cause them?
You might discover more than one set of symptoms and thus face multiple solutions. The point is to create a record of all the symptoms in a context that will be helpful to your doctor in reaching a diagnosis”.8

Helpline

May some Countries have a national continence/incontinence Helpline?

Yes. Your Country may have a Helpline similar to the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Continence Helpline.

Toilet Maps, Cards or Apps

May some Countries have toilet maps, cards or Apps?

Yes. Your Country may have a toilet map similar to Australia’s National Public Toilet Map which:

“As part of the National Continence Program, the Toilet Map provides information on over 19,000 publicly available toilets across Australia, including accessibility, opening hours and facilities, such as showers & baby change”.9

Or your Country may have a card or App similar to the (United Kingdom) Bladder & Bowel Community’s (B&B) Free Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have menopause bladder or bowel control problems?

If you think you have menopause bladder or bowel control problems, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

The Continence Foundation of Australia encourage us to seek help and explain:

“You should not ignore these problems because without help, they rarely go away and usually get worse over time. They can interfere with work, social activities, and sexual and personal relationships. Yet many women do not seek help. It is important that you seek help because the good news is that these problems can be treated, managed and often cured”.10

In Health After Menopause: Incontinence the JH also encourage us to seek help and note:

“Incontinence is not something to be embarrassed about; it is a very common problem that you do not have to tolerate. In many cases, it can be improved with pelvic floor physiotherapy by a continence nurse or pelvic floor physiotherapist. See your doctor for an assessment and treatment program”.11

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Sources

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Sources

  1. Menopause. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/pages/menopause.html Accessed: 27 May 2020
  2. Menopause. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/pages/menopause.html Accessed: 27 May 2020
  3. Menopause: Common Symptoms. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/pages/menopause.html Accessed: 27 May 2020
  4. Menopause: Symptoms – Common Menopausal Symptoms. Page Last Reviewed: 29 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/#common-menopausal-symptoms Accessed: 27 May 2020
  5. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): What Is A UTI? Last Updated: 29 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 04 August 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/bladder-bowel/urinary-tract-infections-utis Accessed: 27 May 2020
  6. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): What Is A UTI? Last Updated: 29 January 2020 — Last Reviewed: 04 August 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/bladder-bowel/urinary-tract-infections-utis Accessed: 27 May 2020
  7. Talking To Your Doctor. National Association for Continence https://www.nafc.org/talking-to-your-doctor Accessed: 27 May 2020
  8. Talking To Your Doctor. National Association for Continence https://www.nafc.org/talking-to-your-doctor Accessed: 27 May 2020
  9. Welcome To the National Public Toilet Map. National Continence Program https://toiletmap.gov.au/ Accessed: 27 May 2020
  10. Menopause: Common Symptoms. Continence Foundation of Australia https://www.continence.org.au/pages/menopause.html Accessed: 27 May 2020
  11. Health After Menopause: Continence. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause Accessed: 27 May 2020
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