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  • Avoid gotta-go woe: menopause and incontinence

    by Margery Gass | Sep 17, 2012
    After menopause, those gotta go feelings that doctors call “urgency” and “overactive bladder” tend to increase. Urinary tract infections do, too, for some women. These problems can result from estrogen deficiency. Putting estrogen back right there near the urethra with an estrogen cream, ring, or pill that you insert into the vagina may help in certain cases.

    Curiously, researchers have found that estrogen has to be used locally to help in this situation. Even though declining estrogen plays a role in these problems, oral hormone replacement with pills doesn’t seem to help. In fact, in some large studies midlife and older women, oral hormone therapy actually made things worse. However, neither type of hormone therapy helps with stress incontinence, which is leakage prompted by physical activity or coughing.

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Posts to our Blog are written by NAMS staff members and Dr. Margery Gass. All posts are reviewed and edited by Dr. Gass. We strive to bring you the most recent and interesting information about various aspect of menopause and midlife health. We accept no advertising for our website. We want you to have accurate, unbiased, evidence-based information. 

Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP
NAMS Executive Director

An internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause, Dr. Gass became Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society in 2010. Dr. Gass has been an investigator on numerous research projects, including serving as a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to menopause, including osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and hormone therapy.

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