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Menopause

Menopause is a time of change in a woman's life.

One of the many changes a women may notice is increased difficulty controlling her bladder or bowel.  Most commonly, symptoms of urinary frequency (constantly needing to go to the  toilet) or urgency (needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time).

The onset of menopause can cause your pelvic floor muscles - just like the rest of the muscles in your body - to weaken. These muscles support the pelvic organs, which means that the weakening of these muscles can result in pelvic floor problems. Reduced pelvic floor muscle function around the time of menopause can also be due to weight gain, which is common during menopause.

Other contributing factors may include:

  • a less elastic bladderMother and daughter
  • anal trauma during birth, or
  • chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma which can cause bladder or bowel control problems.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises are important during this period of a woman's life, and can be beneficial if done correctly.

For further information visit a continence professional or contact the National Continence Helpline on freecall 1800 33 00 66.

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