Going through menopause involves a hormonal slowdown that comes with surprises to our body and mind. Menopause typically begins in our late forties, early fifties. The body and brain slow the production of the hormones progesterone and estrogen, resulting in mood swings and changes to the reproductive system.
The body also slows protein synthesis, reducing the amount of collagen available for muscle and tissue maintenance. As a result of the drop in collagen, menopausal women often experience the onset of vagina atrophy.
VA occurs when the vaginal walls and labia start to thin and female dryness becomes a problem. As a result, sex with your partner starts to hurt. Penetration is sore, and you feel dry – it's not a pleasing scenario for you or your partner.
Along with VA, menopause leads to urinary incontinence, causing embarrassment in social situations, and frustration at home. Fortunately, there are ways to resolve your issues with incontinence at home.
What is Urinary Incontinence?
UI describes the involuntary leaking of urine. Menopausal women who develop signs of incontinence do so because of structural changes in the pelvis. As the lack of collagen production persists, it reduces the muscles' structural integrity and ligaments, especially those supporting the uterus and bladder.
As a result of the loss of support, the bladder shifts, dropping further into the pelvic region. This movement places strain on the pelvic reason, starting the symptoms of an overactive bladder and incontinence.
How Do I Stop Urinary Incontinence?
There are a few tried and tested methods of stopping urinary incontinence. Try a few of these strategies and pick the ones that work for you. Practice them every day for 90-days, and you'll notice a remarkable improvement in your incontinence and vaginal atrophy symptoms.
Stopping Urge Incontinence
Urge Incontinence describes the sudden need to urinate. You need to get to the bathroom right away, and it's like your bladder is starting to pee, and you can't hold it back. Urge incontinence is often the result of an overactive bladder, resulting in the increased need and urgency to pee, also known as overflow incontinence.
You might also develop a form of incontinence where you need to go to the bathroom multiple times a day. This form of incontinence may also have you getting out of bed numerous times during the night to pee. As a result, you don't get quality sleep, which exacerbates any negative emotions as your sleep quality and mental state deteriorate. When you find it hard to sleep, you are at a higher risk of developing mood disorders like depression and high-anxiety.
Pelvic floor strengthening exercise— Many women going through menopause urine leakage symptoms feel frustrated and embarrassed about their condition. Incontinence and exercise routines reduce your need to pee all the time in your senior years.
Learning to retrain your pelvic floor involves the use of Kegels to strengthen the muscles in the pelvis, returning the pre-pregnancy health. You do a Kegel by squeezing the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine.
At the peak of the squeeze, hold the top for three seconds before you let go. Continue these squeezes for 10 to 12-repetitions. Doing your Kegels every day is the best way to get your vagina and pelvis back into order, stopping the symptoms of an overactive bladder that lead to the onset of urinary incontinence.
Pessary— This tiny device inserts into the vagina, providing support to the pelvic floor. It's a useful treatment tool for stopping urinary incontinence.
You might need your healthcare practitioner to show you how to insert the pessary the first time you use it. The pessary is minimally invasive, removable, and discreet. Combining the pessary with your Kegel training accelerates your results.
Biofeedback—Some doctors will place sensors on the pelvic region if you start experiencing issues with spasms and sore penetration during sex. The sensors link to an app that gives the doctor feedback on what your muscular system is doing throughout the day and night.
Medication— Women that notice the early onset of menopause have the option of going on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help them recover their hormone profile and boost protein synthesis. However, you need to start HRT early, and waiting past the age of 60 to start an HRT protocol can result in health complications, such as heart disease.
Surgery— Surgery is a last resort to cure urinary incontinence. In some cases, there me problems with a narrowing of the urethra as it exits the bladder. Doctors can open this contraction using as scope, resolving the incontinence issues.
Using Red Light Therapy to Stop Urinary Incontinence
It might surprise you to learn that red light therapy is effective at stopping urinary incontinence symptoms during menopause. Red light involves using light wavelengths of between 610nm and 700nm.
These lightwaves penetrate deep into the tissues in the cervix, pelvic floor, and vaginal walls. Red light has a therapeutic effect on skin and tissue cells. It activates cellular energy production, accelerating cell repair. As a result of the red light entering your pelvic floor muscles, you start to notice a vaginal rejuvenation effect on the vaginal walls and the labia.
The red light stimulates collagen production, returning the elasticity and resilience to the vagina. Women who are going through vaginal atrophy will notice a reversal in the process. After 90-days of treatment every other day for 12-minutes, your vagina will be feeling as good as it did pre-menopause.
What Is the Best Red Light Therapy Device for Menopause?
We recommend using our MyElleVibe red light devices. These devices offers the best menopausal and postpartum red light devices available. These devices feature an ergonomic design, allowing you to fit them directly into the vagina for your therapy.
The front of the device features multiple red light LEDs, focusing the energy into your cervix and vaginal walls. You also receive a specialized photonic lubricant with your device that amplifies the lightwaves, speeding up the healing process.
One 10-to-12-minute session every other day will reduce the effects of vaginal atrophy, providing lasting results in 90-days.