Blad­der both­ers

Prevention (Australia) - - Everyday Health -

Oe­stro­gen also helps to keep the tis­sue in your blad­der and pelvic floor stronger and more flex­i­ble, so when oe­stro­gen lev­els drop dur­ing midlife, the tis­sues of the vagina and ure­thra can lose elas­tic­ity.

“Th­ese hor­mone shifts can lead to changes in the lower uri­nary tract that can cause greater fre­quency and ur­gency to uri­nate,” Far­rell ex­plains.

You may find that you wake more of­ten at night with the need to uri­nate.“It can also lead to ‘urge in­con­ti­nence’, which causes women to leak urine,” she says.

But there’s no need to be em­bar­rassed – there are so­lu­tions, some as sim­ple as adding lin­seed to your ce­real or sal­ads.“Re­search sug­gests that taken in a quan­tity of 25g (two ta­ble­spoons) a day they can re­duce vagi­nal dry­ness in post­menopausal women by ‘plump­ing up’ vagi­nal cells,” says natur­opath, San­dra Vil­lella.

Do­ing sim­ple pelvic floor ex­er­cises can help strengthen your mus­cles and give you back control. Start by squeez­ing your pelvic floor for 5-10 sec­onds with a break of 10 sec­onds be­tween. Re­peat 10 times.

That daily commute to and from work is a good time to do it – no-one will even know!

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