Dr. Holly Thacker Talks How To Fix A Leaky Bladder
Dr. Holly L. Thacker discusses how to take control of your sensitive bladder with Dr. Mache Seibel in the latest issue of The Hot Years: My Menopause magazine.
Dr. Mache: How common is sensitive bladder?
Dr. Thacker: Up to one in three women has some of these problems during their lifetime. It's because the vagina is essentially a hole in the pelvic floor.
Dr. Mache: It's probably a little to do with having babies, too.
Dr. Thacker: Absolutely, it's affected by childbearing, childbirth, weight gain, aging. There's only a tiny little band of muscles that support the bladder neck, which is very close to the top vaginal wall. With aging, we lose muscle tone all throughout the body, especially if we don't exercise. The so-called stress urinary leakage, when we cough or jump or sneeze or laugh, is very treatable. It does not necessarily require surgery, although a lot of times it's what's offered first to women.