Stay healthy and well through the aging progress
Your body goes through a number of changes as you get older — changes that can be hard physically and emotionally. The good news is that you don’t have to go through any of it alone. Our team is here to help.
Aging can affect how your bladder works. Common conditions include:
- Incontinence (loss of bladder control) — This means you leak urine by accident, for example, when you cough or sneeze. It can also mean that you can’t make it to the bathroom in time.
- Prolapsed uterus — If the muscles that hold the uterus in place get weak, the uterus can drop. This can lead to urinary problems.
- Exercises — Bladder training and Kegel exercises can help strengthen muscles and ease symptoms.
- Vaginal pessary — This is a soft, removable ring that’s placed in the vagina. It helps improve bladder control and keeps organs in place.
Menopause is a normal phase in life when your periods stop. On average, it starts around age 51. When you haven’t had a period for 12 months in a row, you’ve gone through menopause.
This stage of life is marked by a drop in estrogen levels, a hormone that plays a key role in overall health.
In addition to changes in your periods, low estrogen can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Changes in sleep habits
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Antidepressants — Certain types of antidepressant medicines can ease hot flashes and help you sleep.
- Hormone therapy — Depending on your symptoms, hormone replacement therapy can help. It can also lower your chances of getting certain diseases.
Healthy lifestyle choices
Estrogen protects you from many diseases. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, it means your chances of getting certain diseases go up. These includes osteoporosis (weakening of the bones), heart disease and stroke.
But there are steps you can take to stay well. One is to eat healthfully. This includes getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Another is to exercise regularly throughout your life.