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Urologic Dysfunction After Menopause (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Urologic Dysfunction After Menopause

Urinary tract infection

A medical evaluation is recommended within 24 hours of experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Bladder control problems

The most unfortunate aspect of bladder control problems is that too many women suffer in silence. Bladder control problems can be minimized, and often eliminated, with a variety of treatments. These include practicing Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor (these exercises are typically taught to women preparing for childbirth), giving up caffeinated beverages that irritate the bladder, and exploring a variety of surgeries. The important message for women struggling with bladder control problems is that seeking medical care as early as possible can not only provide answers, but also greatly improve quality of life.

Bladder prolapse

Women experiencing even minor symptoms of bladder prolapse should seek medical care as early as possible to help minimize the severity of prolapse. By practicing prevention techniques, for example, women can avoid or decrease the long-term problems of bladder prolapse.

Questions to Ask the Doctor about Urologic Dysfunction After Menopause

Women who are struggling with bladder control problems or bladder prolapse may want to consider seeing a physician. Questions women may want to ask include the following:

  • How often do you treat this problem in other patients?
  • What nonsurgical treatments are available, and how successful are these therapies?
  • What can I do to maximize my improvement with this condition?
  • Are there lifestyle or dietary changes that you would recommend?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/19/2016

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