Does the lack of estrogen after menopause affect bladder function?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
The lack of the female hormone estrogen after menopause does have an effect on bladder function. Estrogen helps keep the bladder and urethra (a tube connected to the bladder that allows urine to pass from the body) healthy. When the body stops producing estrogen, the lining of the urethra can become thinner and make you more likely to experience stress incontinence and an overactive bladder. 

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