Some interesting incontinence news this week...
The Effect of Menopause on the Pelvic Floor and Bladder Function
I myself have written about the possible effects of menopause on the pelvic floor , but a recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology contradicts that widely-held belief. Apparently the research showed, if anything, a mild decrease in incontinence during menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Incontinence
The article I read about the report didn't list many specifics, so I'm not sure if or how the study took factors such as hormone replacement therapy into consideration.
By the way, separate studies on the effects of hormone replacement therapy have shown that statistically it neither increases nor decreases incontinence - although individuals sometimes report noticing a change one way or the other.
My research into this topic lead me to find a new section entirely about urinary incontinence posted on 3/31 ...
Does black cohosh work? Most women who are
approaching menopause or who are in it have heard friends talk about black
cohosh, an herbal treatment that many women swear helps alleviate hot flashes.
But just like most herbal
treatments and many FDA-approved drugs, it is controversial. A small but
influential study on black cohosh and its effect on menopause symptoms was presented at a scientific conference in 2002. The clinical trial showed
that black cohosh was effective in controlling menopausal symptoms. In a double-blind study** comparing the phytoestrogen black cohosh to
placebo and to conjugated equine estrogen (such as Premarin), it had favorable
estrogenic effects on bone and lipids but no effect on the uterus.
"Extracts of the rhizome of black
cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) are traditionally used to treat climacteric
complaints," wrote Wolfgang Wuttke and colleagues from the University of Goettingen
I assume that's science-speak for hot flashes. The auth...
Recently a community member posted a question on HealthCentral’s Alzheimer’s site about her mother, who is 55. The mother had been diagnosed by a doctor with Alzheimer’s. The daughter, who questioned this diagnosis, said her mother was having some memory loss (like forgetting where she put her keys or how to get to the bank), although she was not having any problems with her daily routine, speaking, writing or reading. She knows time and place and isn’t having difficulty with judgment, changes in behavior or loss of initiative. In addition, the concerned daughter said the mother was experiencing body pain, nausea, dizziness, skin issues, sleep issues, chronic headaches, chest pain and fatigue, difficulty breathing after some exertion, vision problems and weight gain. The mother also has had hysterectomy. The concerned daughter wondered if her mother might be dealing with fibromyalgia.
I’m not a medical doctor and fibromyalgia very well may be the ultimate...
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