With older age both men and women may urinate more frequently than usual. This can be due to other health conditions such as diabetes or the fact that you may be drinking more liquids which can make one use urinate more. When the bladder becomes overactive in that urinary leakage occurs then it's time to examine why this is occuring. Not being able to control your bladder is a very important issue because it affects your daily life in that you have to protect yourself from a bladder that releases urine when it can no longer contain itself.
I like to think of the play time apparatus called the slide or in some more fortunate instances one could have played on a sliding pond. If you or the person at the slide or sliding pond were the hormone estrogen from puberty through adulthood and childbearing years or ovulating your estrogen climbs the ladder of the slide. This is when it is most potent or at it's peak for reproduction and bone strength, since estrogen contributes to bone formation. Once you reach that age of 40 and over or when you are no longer in your childbearing years, you and the estrogen approach the slide or sliding pond and begin a spiral downward. In effect, your estrogen reduces especially after you no longer menstruate. Low body fat also results in the lack of estrogen production. After you have reached the bottom of the slide and on into the meonpause years estrogen levels are usually low. Now that the bottom of the slide or sliding pond has been reached and we see how the one to ten rating scale works we may notice problems such as urinary incontinence and other issues.
Since your levels of estrogen have dimished or decreased the pelvic floor muscles are no longer strong enough to support the bladder when you cough, laugh or sneeze and as a result your bladder begins to leak urine. Estrogen is the hormone that keeps the uterus lining and pelvic floor strong because it strengthens the tissue in the uterus and pelvis. We all have to go sometime but, when it's unexpected, it can be really annoying. Don't worry we're still on the subject of urinary incontinence. Besides who's counting!
With less estrogen to help support your bladder and pelvic tissue, you're probably thinking about diapers or surgery that may become necessary to stop this leakage problem. This would depend on how serious your urinary incontinence problem is and the best options for you concerning your health. If your problem with urinary incontinence is a mild one perhaps supplements such as Hops and Red Clover that contain phytoestrogens that will help with estrogen deficiency. Always consult a herbalist or physician before taking supplements since estrogen can cause tumors. You do not want to produce an excess amount of estrogen in your body if it will result in tumor growth.
Who knows one day on the horizon just like we have blood banks, sperm banks, organ banks, stem cell banks, fertilized egg banks, we may have estrogen banks that have anti cancer properties so that men and women alike will have healthy bone health and not become debilitated by brittle and fragile bones and estrogen banks will reduce severe incontinence without repercussions of cancer risks. And we cannot forget the retirement pension bank account, because this whole gig of being excluded from being fortunate enough to work for a company that provides a retirement pension and health insurance is really pissing me off!