Menopause: Sex and Incontinence

Concerned woman: urinary incontinence may occur when laughing, sneezing or even having sexUrinary incontinence is the inability to control one's bladder and is one of the many symptoms women might experience when they enter the menopause transition. It may occur when laughing, sneezing, or even having sex which could be among the most embarrassing times to be plagued by such a disorder.

There are several different kinds of urinary incontinence, and they are:

Stress Incontinence

When the bladder malfunctions as the result of abnormal bladder contractions, generally caused by something else like Parkinson's disease, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis.

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinenceUrge incontinence represents the sudden, uncontrollable feeling of needing to urinate. It is also known as overactive bladder. This type is most common in the elderly.

Overflow Incontinence

Occurs when the sufferer is unable to completely vacate the bladder and as a result, overflows. It is often recognized as the constant dribbling of urine.

As you might have deduced, the kind of incontinence that occurs during sex is stress related. It often occurs later in life after having given birth. Menopause is a common time for the onset or incontinence as estrogen levels drop and other hormones begin to fluctuate as a result. Read on to learn more about sex and incontinence.

Why Can I Not Control my Bladder during Climax?

Estranged couple: incontinence can also occur during penetration and climaxThe point of climax and penetration are the two most common times for a woman to urinate during sex. When a woman has an orgasm, all the muscles in her pelvis, pelvic floor, bladder, and vagina tighten. However, if your pelvic floor muscles are weak, as they often are with many cases of stress incontinence, you may not be able to control your bladder and have an orgasm at the same time.

What Can I Do about It?

Loving couple: talk with your partner about your incontinence problemFirst and foremost, talk with your partner, though if it has already occurred he is probably aware of the problem. Then, after you've made sure he's still a nice guy and is not going to dump you over it, work on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. This can be done with Kegel exercises. Also, being mindful of the position you have sex in can be very helpful. However, if you are looking for medication there are several kinds available, which you can discuss with your doctor.

For More Information

Even if you are determined to treat your stress incontinence with lifestyle changes alone, you should still talk with your doctor about the kinds of changes you are going to make. You should also make your doctor aware so she can test you for other more serious health complications that your incontinence may be indicating. Just remember it is a common problem, so don't be embarrassed. Follow this link to read more about incontinence treatments.



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