Dr. Eilber shares if urinary incontinence can occur as a result of menopause and do kegel exercises help prevent incontinence.
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Can urinary incontinence occur as a result of menopause and do Kegel exercise help prevent incontinence? Dr. KarynEilber: It’s common probably for two reasons.One is just as we age that that in itself is a risk factor for incontinence, but also part of the bladder is derived from the same urogenital tissues as the reproductive tract so that menopause can affect the bladder, as well as it can affect other tissues that have estrogen receptors. Well, theoretically if women started doing pelvic muscle exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, probably before childbirth, it may help, but no one can answer that question because no one has done such a long-term study. But ideally if you did do pelvic muscle exercises, also maintained hormone replacement after menopause, those things may help prevent.