Overcoming Bladder Weakness during the Menopause

As if all the hormonal changes weren’t enough, the menopause may also bring the unwelcomed gift of a weakened pelvic floor.

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Over 50% of all women experiencing menopause suffer from urge or stress urinary incontinence as a result. Bladder weakness symptoms are likely to escalate in this stage of life, particularly for women who have previously had children, leaving you in situations where you feel uncomfortable, dashing for the nearest toilet and generally feeling less dignified and in control. Women who have never experienced pregnancy driven bladder weakness may find the onset even more unsettling. It’s important to understand the causes of leaks in order to regain control and move forward.

What could be causing my leaks during Menopause?

Menopause causes your ovaries to stop producing oestrogen, the hormone responsible for not only controlling monthly periods but keeping your bladder and urethra healthy. The pelvic floor muscle surrounding the bladder also requires oestrogen in order to remain healthy and tight. When oestrogen levels drop during menopause, the pelvic floor weakens.

Urinary incontinence is an obvious hindrance for women going through menopause affecting both confidence and quality of life. Having the urge to rush to the toilet frequently and leaking when sneezing, coughing, jumping and exercising is a burden women should not have to bear. Unfortunately, the symptoms can continue to escalate with age and interfere with every aspect of life, playing havoc with work, travel, exercise and personal relationships. The good news is that it is possible to restore your pelvic floor back to health at any age.

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So, what should I do to treat it?

Pelvic floor exercises are commonly prescribed as a means of tackling urinary leaks. While this is a great approach, a large number of women find it difficult to even locate their pelvic floor muscles, meaning that their well-intentioned efforts undertaking pelvic floor exercises often yield minimal results.

However, a new technology now exists called INNOVO®, which automates this entire process. INNOVO® is a clinically proven, non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser, which treats the root cause of your weak bladder – your pelvic floor – rather than just masking the symptoms. INNOVO® is ideal for women at any stage of menopause and is effective in treating the cause of bladder weakness.

“We need to empower women not to just accept this condition and continue wearing pads – there is a safe, effective and non-invasive solution” comments Dr Pixie McKenna, GP and women’s health specialist. “I am working with INNOVO® to encourage women to really self-invest this summer – from the inside out. We want to educate women that by restoring the pelvic floor through Innovotherapy, they will be stronger and regain the confidence they have lost through bladder weakness”.

Worn for just 30 minutes per day, five days per week for anywhere between 4 – 12 weeks, INNOVO® offers a safe, comfortable, non-invasive, yet highly effective at home treatment for bladder weakness and is available in Small, Large & Medium sizes and is suitable for both women and men. 

INNOVO® can be purchased online for £249 at Restore The Floor (pay by instalments option available), in selected LloydsPharmacy stores, John Bell & Croyden, London, or via Amazonir?t=www50conncouk 21&l=am2&o=2&a=B01CYEIJCU.

Last modified: June 10, 2021

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