Do you get constant urges to pee and lose it when you cough, sneeze or laugh?
You probably have leaky bladder which is similar to leaky gut and leaky vagina. It can be corrected with natural treatments. This issue comes up a lot with my patients who are peri and postmenopausal and those who have autoimmune conditions. Leaky bladder, leaky vagina and leaky gut have some things in common.
The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and the North American Menopause Society noticed that menopausal women have this issue which they call genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Frankly, I think leaky bladder is a much more accurate term.When doctors have to coin a new condition it is usually more reflective of their discomfort with the subject than the patient. The authors of this new term have decided that many people will not say "vagina or discuss this quality of life issue". What century are we in? We talk about everything that is important to you at Second Nature.
Leaky bladder does not mean that you have inflammation or infection, but pathogens can cross the mucosal lining easier once the lining is breached.
Why is this happening?
Leaky bladder is linked to decreased levels of estrogen and other steroid hormones.
Your genitourinary structures have many estrogen receptors and once the estrogen levels drop you lose collagen and elastin which thins the skin cells. You also lose elasticity and flexibility because of a diminished blood supply.
When estrogen drops, the skin thins and you can experience burning, dryness, discomfort, pain with intercourse and general irritation of the reproductive organs and structures. Urinary urgency, loss of urine and recurrent infections can fall into the same category.