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Menopause FAQs: Incontinence explains how menopause may result in increased difficulty with bladder and bowel control, so choose to get help.


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

In Menopause: Common Symptoms the Continence Foundation of Australia note:

Menopause FAQs: Incontinence

“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”.


What are the most common menopause bladder and bowel symptoms?

In Menopause: Common Symptoms the Continence Foundation of Australia elaborate on:

“Passing urine frequently and rushing to the toilet (urgency) to pass urine are the most common symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Leakage of urine with coughs, sneezes, or exercise
  • Leakage of urine on the way to the toilet
  • Getting up twice or more overnight to pass urine
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Rushing to the toilet to open bowels
  • Being unable to control wind, and
  • Constipation”.

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May keeping a diary be helpful?

Yes. In Talking To Your Doctor the (United States) National Association for Continence 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”.


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.

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Can incontinence be improved?

Yes. In Health After Menopause: Incontinence the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health encourage us to seek help:

“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”.

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Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: IncontinenceIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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